The Circulatory System and Its Function

The circulatory system is made up of a network of organs and vessels responsible for the flow of blood, nutrients and oxygen throughout the body. The circulatory systems is also what enables the body to fight disease and maintain homeostasis– a stable internal environment.

On average, approximately 2,000 gallons, or 7572 liters of blood travel through about 60,000 miles of blood vessels daily according to Arkansas Heart Hospital.

Common problems and diseases of the circulatory system include diabetes, PAD- peripheral artery disease, AneurysmAtherosclerosis, heart disease, high blood pressure and varicose veins.

According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.

Heart healthy habits include exercising regularly and choosing a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables and fiber.

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