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The Veins

  • Y. C. Fung


Veins normally contain about 80% of the total volume of blood in the systemic vascular system. Any change in the blood volume in the veins will affect blood flow through the heart. The most important feature of the systemic veins is, therefore, their compliance. A compliant structure runs the danger of collapsing; the problem with the vein is that it is often collapsed.


Pulmonary Vein Transmural Pressure Pleural Pressure Korotkoff Sound Collapsible Tube 
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  • Y. C. Fung
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  1. 1.Department of BioengineeringUniversity of California, San DiegoLa JollaUSA

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