About This Chapter
Who's it for?
Anyone who needs help learning or mastering human anatomy and physiology material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn human anatomy and physiology. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who have fallen behind in understanding veins and arteries or blood vessels
- Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
- Students who prefer multiple ways of learning science (visual or auditory)
- Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
- Students who need an efficient way to learn about blood vessels
- Students who struggle to understand their teachers
- Students who attend schools without extra science learning resources
How it works:
- Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
- Press play and watch the video lesson.
- Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
- Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
- Verify you're ready by completing the Blood Vessels chapter exam.
Why it works:
- Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
- Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
- Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Blood Vessels chapter exam to be prepared.
- Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any blood vessels question. They're here to help!
- Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.
Students will review:
In this chapter, you'll learn the answer to questions including:
- What are the different types of blood vessels?
- What are the three layers of blood vessels?
- What are the major blood vessels between the heart and lungs?
- What are the major blood vessels that carry blood away from the heart?
- What are the functions of the descending aorta, thoracic aorta and abdominal aorta?
- What are the major blood vessels that lead to the heart?
1. Blood Vessels: Arteries, Capillaries & More
In this lesson, you will take a trip around the circulatory system and encounter the various blood vessels, including arteries, veins, and capillaries. Come along as we follow the path to every cell of your body.
2. Blood Vessel Layers: Tunica Intima, Tunica Media & Tunica Adventitia
In this lesson, you will take a microscopic look at the three layers, or tunics, that make up your blood vessels. Follow along and learn how the different cells within these tunics help the vessels contract and relax as blood moves through your circulatory system.
3. Major Blood Vessels Between the Heart and Lungs: Pulmonary Trunk, Arteries & Veins
In this lesson you will learn about the main blood vessels that travel between the heart and lungs. You will also discover that these arteries and veins follow a somewhat unusual pattern.
4. Major Blood Vessels That Carry Blood Away From the Heart
Do you know which arteries are typically blocked during a heart attack? In this lesson, you will learn about the major blood vessels that feed the heart, brain and upper body. Then, find out what causes the pain known as angina.
5. Major Blood Vessels: Descending Aorta - Thoracic and Abdominal Aorta
The aorta is the largest artery of your body, and it is a strong and sturdy vessel. In this lesson, you will learn about its downward path through the chest and abdomen and discover the organs and structures supplied by its branches.
6. Major Blood Vessels Leading to the Heart: Superior Vena Cava, Inferior Vena Cava & Coronary Sinus
In this lesson, you will learn about the main blood vessel that returns blood to the heart called the Venae Cavae. You'll also learn about its two sections: the Superior and Inferior Vena Cava. You will then discover the special drainage system for the heart called the Coronary Sinus.
7. The Five Types of White Blood Cells
There are five different types of white blood cells found throughout our blood. Each with an important job, they fight off infection and work to keep us healthy. Learn more about these cells and take a quiz at the end.
8. Pulmonary Arteries: Function & Anatomy
The last segment of a long journey for circulating blood is to pass through the pulmonary artery. In this lesson, discover the networked highways of the cardiovascular system, and why the pulmonary artery breaks all the rules.
9. Aneurysm: Definition, Causes & Symptoms
You've probably heard of someone having an aneurysm, but what exactly does that mean? Read this lesson to learn what an aneurysm is, what causes it, and what the symptoms are.
10. Contusion: Definition, Symptoms & Treatment
We'll explore what happens when the body is injured and blood vessels break, causing blood to pool under the surface of the skin. Learn all about contusions, their symptoms, and common treatments.
11. Human Serum Albumin: Definition, Test & Normal Levels
Testing for levels of human serum albumin can help healthcare providers identify certain kidney or liver problems. In the lesson ahead we will look at what albumin is along with how the testing works and provides insight into a patient's concern.
12. Iron Deficiency Anemia: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment
Feeling fatigued and weak? Or maybe having bizarre cravings? These could be symptoms of iron-deficiency anemia, a common nutrient deficiency, particularly among pre-menopausal women. It also affects men and children. Find out how prevalent this deficiency is, what causes it, and how to treat it.
13. Korotkoff Sounds: Definition & Phases
In this lesson you will learn about the five different phases of Korotkoff sounds that can be heard during the process of blood pressure measurement. We will discuss how to identify Korotkoff sounds and how health care professionals use them.
14. Vascular Spasm: Causes & Symptoms
Vascular spasms cause blood vessels to suddenly tighten; they can also cause intense bouts of pain. Watch this lesson to learn what causes a vascular spasm, what the symptoms are, and how this condition is treated.
15. What Are Erythrocytes? - Definition & Function
From this lesson you will learn about the cells in the body called erythrocytes. Find out how they are specifically designed to complete their functions related to oxygen and carbon dioxide.
16. What is a Hematoma? - Definition, Types, Symptoms & Treatment
A hematoma forms when blood pools outside of a blood vessel, and they can form anywhere in the body. Learn what causes a hematoma, the different types, possible symptoms, and treatment options.
17. What Is a Thrombus? - Definition & Formation
The word 'thrombus' is the technical term for a blood clot. A thrombus can form anywhere in the circulatory system. This lesson will explain what a thrombus is and how it is formed.
18. What Is an Embolus? - Definition, Symptoms & Treatment
In this lesson you will learn what an embolus is, what the various causes of embolus formation are and how treatment is targeted at both treating the immediate symptoms caused by the embolus and the underlying condition which caused it to occur.
19. What Is Angiography? - Definition, Procedure & Complications
Angiography in the broadest meaning is looking at blood vessels, both arteries and veins. This lesson examines angiography performed in a hospital procedure lab and explains common complications.
20. What Is Angioplasty? - Definition, Procedure & Recovery
Angioplasty is a specific and common procedure that is performed hospitals. This article covers why it is done, how it is done and what the immediate and short-term recovery involves.
21. What Is Avascular Necrosis? - Definition, Causes, Symptoms & Treatment
Our body's life source is the blood. Blood carries nutrients and oxygen and helps remove waste. Things can go awry when disruptions to the blood flow occur, and avascular necrosis causes bone death due to lack of blood supply.
22. What Is Claudication? - Definition, Symptoms & Treatment
In this lesson we will review the meaning of claudication, discuss symptoms and review treatment for claudication. We will also learn if it relates to other medical issues.
23. What Is Ecchymosis? - Definition, Causes & Treatment
Ecchymosis is the scientific term for discoloration, more commonly known as a bruise. Read this lesson to learn more about ecchymosis and its definition, causes and treatment.
24. What Is Epistaxis? - Definition, Causes & Treatment
Epistaxis is the medical term for a nosebleed - something you have probably experienced before. But what causes nosebleeds, and how can you get rid of them? Read on to learn more, and then take the quiz to test your new knowledge.
25. What Is Hematocrit? - Definition, Normal Levels & Range
In this lesson, we will explore what a hematocrit test is, how it is run, and what it actually informs us about the patient. Furthermore, we will explore what the hematocrit does not indicate so that we can get a better understanding of its role as one of a collection of tests.
26. What is Hematology? - Definition & History
Hematology is the branch of science that focuses on the health and diseases of the blood. Read on to learn about the study of blood, major scientific advances in hematology, and common diseases that can affect the blood.
27. What Is Hemolysis? - Definition, Causes & Symptoms
Hemolysis is the destruction of red blood cells before their normal life span is up. Why does this happen? Complete this lesson to learn more about what hemolysis is, why it occurs, the symptoms that develop, and how it's treated.
28. What Is Hemorrhage? - Definition & Symptoms
You've probably heard the word 'hemorrhage', but what does it actually mean? In this lesson, we will define this medical term and take a look at the different hemorrhage classifications, and symptoms of each.
29. What Is Ischemia? - Definition, Causes & Symptoms
Ischemia is yet another term that refers to a condition of the heart, but what does it mean? What is ischemia? Read this lesson to learn what it is, what causes it, what the symptoms are, and how to treat it.
30. What is IV Therapy? - Definition, History, Types & Complications
This lesson introduces the lifesaving medical therapy of intravenous infusions. You will learn about the different types of intravenous solutions used and their clinical applications. Common complications of this treatment will also be discussed.
31. What Is Leukoplakia? - Definition, Causes, Symptoms & Treatment
Leukoplakia is a disease that forms inside the mouth. Read this lesson to learn about its causes, the symptoms that develop, and the treatment options once leukoplakia is diagnosed.
32. What Is Pancytopenia? - Definition, Causes & Treatment
This lesson covers the definition of pancytopenia and compares it to aplastic anemia, a condition that presents itself in a similar way. It discusses its known causes, the signs and symptoms, and treatment.
33. What Is Phlebitis? - Definition, Symptoms & Treatment
Phlebitis is a sometimes serious condition that has several causes. Learn about the different types, the most frequently occurring symptoms and options for treatment.
34. What Is PVD? - Symptoms & Treatment
Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is associated with a number of disease processes, such as diabetes, atherosclerosis, and high blood pressure. This lessor will review what PVD is, symptoms associated with it, and treatments for the disease.
35. What Is Stenosis? - Definition, Types & Symptoms
Stenosis is the medical term for a stricture, or narrowing, of a piece of anatomy, and it can be found in many of the bodily systems. This lesson is going to dive into the term 'stenosis' and look at what this condition is, the different types that exist, and the symptoms.
36. What Is Thrombosis? - Definition, Symptoms & Treatment
Thrombosis is the formation of blood clots within a vessel. Complete this lesson to find out what causes thrombosis, what its symptoms are, and how the condition is treated.
37. Median Cubital & Antebrachial Veins: Locations & Functions
The veins of the arm provide convenient access to the bloodstream for a variety of medical uses. In this lesson we will review the location and medical functions of the median cubital and median antebrachial veins of the arm.
Earning College Credit
Did you know… We have over 79 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 2,000 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.
To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page
Transferring credit to the school of your choice
Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.
Other chapters within the Human Anatomy & Physiology: Help and Review course
- Inorganic Chemistry in Anatomy and Physiology: Help and Review
- Organic Molecules in Anatomy and Physiology: Help and Review
- Biochemistry in Anatomy and Physiology: Help and Review
- Basic Anatomy and Cell Biology: Help and Review
- Respiratory System: Help and Review
- Cardiovascular System: Help and Review
- Digestive System: Help and Review
- Urinary System: Help and Review
- Endocrine System: Help and Review
- The Brain: Help and Review
- The Nervous System at the Cellular Level: Help and Review
- The Five Senses: Help and Review
- Muscular System: Help and Review
- Gross Anatomy of Muscular System: Help and Review
- Connective Tissue: Help and Review
- Skeletal System: Help and Review
- Anatomy and Physiology of Male and Female Reproductive Systems: Help and Review
- Early Development to Childbirth: Help and Review