Regional Circulations

  • Demetris Yannopoulos
  • Vinay M. Nadkarni


The major role of the circulatory system is to supply vital organs and all the tissue beds with oxygen and nutrients. The uninterrupted flow of oxygen and nutrients is necessary to sustain viability and guarantee normal function of the many specialized tissues. Since energy is needed for any function in the human body and it can be provided only by nutrients and oxygen, it is only logical that through the billions of years of evolution all the tissues have developed regulatory mechanisms that couple their function and energy consumption with the circulatory system.


Blood Flow Nitric Oxide Renal Blood Flow Coronary Blood Flow Hypoxic Pulmonary Vasoconstriction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cardiovascular Medicine, Minnesota Resuscitation Consortium, Department of MedicineUniversity of Minnesota Medical School, University of Minnesota Medical CenterMinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Department of Anesthesia and Critical CarePerelman School of Medicine at The University of Pennsylvania, The Children’s Hospital of PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaUSA

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