The Basics of the Artery

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An artery is a long, narrow blood vessel that provides nourishment to organs in the body. Large blood vessels have an abundance of elastic tissue and less smooth muscle than smaller blood vessels. These features allow arteries to expand and change in diameter, but this process also diminishes blood flow as the diameter decreases. Arteries account for approximately 10% to 15% of the volume of total blood. The walls of these vessels are composed of three layers: the inner, the outer, and the apical.

Three-layer wall

The three-layer model of the artery is based on two concentric grids of ring fibers forming the internal fibrous cap and external artery. The model explicitly accounts for the interaction of the various structural components and the mechanical response of individual layers. The main load-bearing constituents, elastin and collagen, are also modeled in this model. These components help prevent excessive distortion and asymmetry.

The tunica intima, or innermost layer, is composed of endothelial cells. The tunica media layer is composed of primarily smooth muscle. The tunica externa layer is made up of connective tissue and varying amounts of elastic fibers. The lumen is the hollow internal cavity where blood flows. The three layers of the artery wall are essential for blood flow and blood pressure regulation. Each layer regulates different functions, and they have different names.

Function

An artery is a muscular tube that transports oxygen-rich blood from the heart to other body parts. There are three layers to the artery, with the inner layer composed of smooth tissue called endothelium. Coronary arteries deliver blood to the heart muscle, supplying it with a continuous supply of oxygen and nutrients. Similarly, pulmonary arteries carry deoxygenated blood back to the heart. However, the inner layers are missing in the pulmonary artery, which is why it is important to understand the function of each.

The transport function of blood material is similar to that of an electrical current. To make it work, the transport function must be overdamped and have a uniform distribution of concentrations at the input and the output. Therefore, it is not possible to have a linear function that does not have a negative component. An ideal mathematical function would include the probability density function of transit times. It would also act as a generalized operator, accepting a general input and supplying a continuous output. It is important to note that the vascular operator would avoid this deconvolution and allow the model to run with unlimited data sets.

Formation

The formation of the arterial vasculature, including capillaries, is known as angiogenesis. Recently, discoveries point to the role of vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2 in the process. Arteriogenesis is under the control of newly identified control circuits, which are potential targets for new therapeutic agents. Below we will look at the basic steps involved in arteriogenesis and its key components. This information will allow us to better understand how angiogenesis occurs.

Angiogenesis occurs in nearly all tissues and organs, including the heart and brain. During embryonic development, new blood vessels are generated by the same processes that form arteries. Intussusceptive angiogenesis occurs when a blood vessel’s wall extends, splitting it in two. It is also thought to be faster than sprouting angiogenesis because it requires reorganization of existing endothelial cells, but does not involve immediate proliferation.

Diseases

Peripheral arterial disease, also known as PAD, is a disorder of the arteries that supply blood to the lower extremities. Because these arteries have a high percentage of plaque, they become clogged and cannot provide adequate blood flow to the limbs. This condition is closely related to atherosclerosis, which is a buildup of cholesterol, fat, and other fatty deposits. Patients with PAD may experience pain or fatigue in the lower extremities, especially when walking or exercising. A physician can detect PAD by comparing blood pressure levels in the arms and legs.

Among the most common and serious artery diseases, peripheral artery disease encompasses both the upper and lower extremities. It also includes the renal and extracranial arteries, as well as major manifestations. The term “disease” is preferred over the selective use of the word “stenosis” because it covers occlusions as well as nonatherosclerotic occlusive disorders. The purpose of this document is to help practitioners describe the conditions and diagnose patients more accurately.

Treatment

Treatment of artery disease may involve the use of medication or surgical procedures. Medical therapy is used to help the body deal with heart problems, while minimally invasive procedures, such as catheter procedures, are used to open clogged arteries. Surgery may include coronary artery bypass grafts. Both procedures involve rerouting blood through another artery to bypass the blocked one. Depending on the severity of the artery disease, multiple grafts may be needed to reroute the blood.

An ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to visualize plaque in an artery. The sound waves cause heat and breakdown the cells in the plaque. White blood cells then clean up the broken cells. This process is repeated until the artery is clear. After the procedure, the body’s immune system will be able to eliminate any remaining plaque, which prevents additional events such as heart attacks and strokes. But if the artery is too narrow to be treated with medications, specialized procedures may be necessary.