Normal and Abnormal Blood Pressure
(Physiology, Pathophysiology & Treatment)
Richard E. Klabunde, 2013
Amazon Kindle Book
This textbook integrates physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology of normal and abnormal blood pressure at a level appropriate for first and second year medical students, as well as for students in allied health sciences. The first section of the book lays a foundation in the physiological basis for blood pressure and its regulation by emphasizing biophysical principles, integrative physiological regulatory systems and cellular mechanisms. These concepts are then used in the second section to understand the pathophysiology and treatment of hypotension and hypertension. Cardiovascular drugs and their mechanisms of action are included, with details provided in an appendix. The book draws from over 45 years of the author’s experience in cardiovascular research and teaching medical students.
There are 32 figures in the main body of the textbook and 11 additional figures in the appendix. Amazon estimates the print length as 134 pages.
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The textbook section and subsection headings are shown below.
Section 1: Physiology of Normal Blood Pressure
Systemic and pulmonary circulations
Normal systemic arterial pressure
Mean arterial pressure
Arterial pulse pressure
Vascular resistance and tone
Arterial baroreceptor reflexes
Other neural reflexes
Effects of gravity
Effects of respiration
Normal pulmonary arterial pressure
Section 2: Pathophysiology and Treatment of Abnormal Blood Pressure
Systemic arterial hypertension
Pulmonary arterial hypertension
Appendix (Supplemental Resources)
Signal transduction mechanisms
Drugs acting on renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system
Direct acting vasodilators
Richard E. Klabunde, Ph.D.