In an Artery Far, Far Away Cardiovascular Effects of Prolonged Spaceflight

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Title:
In an Artery Far, Far Away Cardiovascular Effects of Prolonged Spaceflight
Author:
Baker, Emily W.
Issue Date:
May-2012
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Before we rush to colonize the moon and book our tickets for commercial spaceflight, there are some physiological consequences to consider. This paper includes a brief history of spaceflight, a basic summary of the structures and functions of the cardiovascular system, and investigates potential adverse effects of prolonged spaceflight. Prolonged exposure to microgravity is known to adversely affect the skeletal, immune, and cardiovascular systems. Of cardiovascular effects, a change in heart mass, orthostatic intolerance, and potential loss of cardiac contractility are evaluated (to mixed results). The conclusion this paper draws is that further study is needed to determine the effect of long-term travel on contractility in the heart, composition of the vasculature (extent of remodeling), and methods to compensate for cardiovascular damage.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Degree Name:
B.S.H.S.
Degree Level:
bachelors
Degree Program:
Honors College; Physiology
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona

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dc.titleIn an Artery Far, Far Away Cardiovascular Effects of Prolonged Spaceflighten_US
dc.creatorBaker, Emily W.en_US
dc.contributor.authorBaker, Emily W.en_US
dc.date.issued2012-05en
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractBefore we rush to colonize the moon and book our tickets for commercial spaceflight, there are some physiological consequences to consider. This paper includes a brief history of spaceflight, a basic summary of the structures and functions of the cardiovascular system, and investigates potential adverse effects of prolonged spaceflight. Prolonged exposure to microgravity is known to adversely affect the skeletal, immune, and cardiovascular systems. Of cardiovascular effects, a change in heart mass, orthostatic intolerance, and potential loss of cardiac contractility are evaluated (to mixed results). The conclusion this paper draws is that further study is needed to determine the effect of long-term travel on contractility in the heart, composition of the vasculature (extent of remodeling), and methods to compensate for cardiovascular damage.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen_US
thesis.degree.nameB.S.H.S.en_US
thesis.degree.levelbachelorsen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHonors Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplinePhysiologyen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
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