cardiovascularsystem Mr. Schmidt
Summit Career College

In order for the body to stay alive, each of its cells must receive a continuous supply of food and oxygen. At the same time, carbon dioxide (CO2) and other materials produced by the cells must be picked up for removal from the body. This process is continually maintained by the body's circulatory system. The primary circulatory system consists of the heart and blood vessels, which together maintain a continuous flow of blood through the body delivering oxygen (O2) and nutrients to and removing CO2 and waste products from peripheral tissues. A subsystem of the circulatory system, the lymphatic system, collects interstitial fluid and returns it to the blood. The heart pumps oxygen-rich blood from the lungs to all parts of the body through a network of arteries, and smaller branches called arterioles. Blood returns to the heart via small venules, which lead to the larger veins. Arterioles and venules are linked even to even smaller vessels called metarterioles. Capillaries, blood vessels a single cell thick, branch off from the metarterioles and then rejoin them. The network of tiny capillaries is where the exchange of O2 and CO2 between blood and body cells takes place. The average adult has over 60,000 miles of blood vessels in their body.
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