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πŸ’‘ Control of heart rate in mammals

 

There are just 2 scenarios involved here. Either the heart rate must be increased or decreased.

 

1. The heart rate must go up because the blood pressure is low, there’s a shortage of oxygen, an excess of CO2 or the pH is too low – some of these go together e.g. O2, CO2 and pH interaction during exercise, stress, etc.

 

The hormone that increases heart rate is noradrenaline. This can be released by the brain’s medulla via the sympathetic neurons when aortic and carotid baroreceptors which sense low blood pressure or chemoreceptors which sense excess or a lack of certain chemicals send signals via sensory neurons. The aorta is the principal vessel carrying oxygenated blood from the heart to the rest of the body, while the carotid arteries carry it on to…

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