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Blood Flow in Arteries

  • Y. C. Fung


The larger systemic arteries, shown in Fig. 3.1:1, conduct the blood from the heart to the peripheral organs. Their dimensions are given in Table 3.1:1. In man, the aorta originates in the left ventricle at the aortic valve, and almost immediately curves about 180°, branching off to the head and upper limbs. It then pursues a fairly straight course down through the diaphragm to the abdomen and legs. The aortic arch is tapered, curved, and twisted (i.e., it does not lie in a plane). The other arteries have a constant diameter between branches, but every time a daughter branch forks off the main trunk the diameter of the aorta is reduced. Overall, the aorta may be described as tapered.


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  • Y. C. Fung
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  1. 1.University of CaliforniaSan Diego, La JollaUSA

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