Regulation of Heart Rate by Autonomic Nervous System

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Heart Regulation by Chemoreceptors:

chemoreceptors under autonomic control

Heart Regulation by Baroreceptors:

baroreceptors under autonomic control

Regulation of Heart Rate by Autonomic Nervous System

• Cardiac Output = Stroke Volume X Heart Rate.

• Heart Rate is varied to produce change in CO and BP.

• CO rises during exercise.

• HR is best regulated by the autonomic NS and hormones from the adrenal medullae (epinephrine and norepinephrine).

• Sensory receptors > cardiovascular center in medulla oblongata > increase or decrease in frequency of nerve impulses in both sympathetic and parasympathetic branches of ANS.

• Sensory receptors: proprioceptors, chemoreceptors, and baroreceptors.

• Sympathetic neurons go from medulla oblongata > spinal cord (thoracic region) > SA (cardiac accelerator), AV, portions of myocardium.

This is how HR increases (Sympathetic Stimulation):

• Impulses from cardiac accelerator > norepinephrine released & binds to beta-1 on cardiac muscle > rate of depolarization increases > HR increases.

• Impulses from cardiac accelerator > norepinephrine released & enhances Ca2+ entry through the voltage-gated slow Ca2+ channels, increasing contractility.

This is how HR decreases (Parasympathetic Stimulation):

• Impulses > stimulate r. & l. vagus (CN X) n. to release ACh > heart (SA, AV, atrial myocardium) > HR decreases.

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14. Cells of the Nervous System
15. Cerebrospinal fluid
16. Additional short notes on Cerebrum
17. Functions and Diseases of Cerebrum
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