Arterial or venous pressure (cm H2O)

FIGURE 12 Pulmonary vascular resistance decreases with increasing pulmonary arterial or pulmonary venous pressure, while the other pressure is held constant. This is because increasing either pressure increases capillary pressure and causes recruitment and distention of pulmonary capillaries. (After West, Chap. 58 in Fenn and Rahn, eds., Handbook of physiology, Section 3, Respiration. Bethesda, MD: American Physiological Society, 1965.)

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