Cardiovascular system and heart physiology in giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis L.)

Papković, Dora (2015) Cardiovascular system and heart physiology in giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis L.). Bachelor's thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Biology.

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Abstract

In the modern age, cardiovascular diseases are the main cause of death worldwide. Ways of preventing and treating cardiovascular diseases can be found amongst various animals' cardiovascular conditions that, in a specific animal's body, are normal, but in human body are considered to be diseases. In this work as an excellent example of controlling the impact of an extremely high blood pressure on many organ systems I present giraffe, an African mammal with an extremely long neck which is the reason why giraffes developed various blood pressure regulation mechanisms. Heart and blood vessels' wall hypertrophy, the usual condition in giraffes, is considered to be a big problem in the human cardiovascular system and is usually a consequence of hypertension, high blood pressure. The giraffe example shows us that those kinds of conditions can be regulated and their progression and impact on other organs stopped. Further research in that area could help in the fight against cardiovascular diseases.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's thesis)
Supervisor: Tadić, Zoran
Date: 2015
Number of Pages: 16
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Biology
Depositing User: Silvana Šehić
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2016 10:54
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2016 10:54
URI: http://digre.pmf.unizg.hr/id/eprint/4726

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