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how do the respiratory system and nervous system depend on each other

A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
29 years experience Geriatrics
Interdependent: Respiratory system provides oxygen which nervous system needs to keep processing nerve signals to tell the respiratory system to keep breathing. Same ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. CHERYL COLDWATER
37 years experience Pediatrics
Both important: They are both very important to keeping you alive! oxygen is necessary for your brain cells to work properly. The nervous system (and particularly the ... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Easy.: The brain (mission control of the nervous system) initiates the drive to breath based upon input from a variety of sensors. It transmits signals via ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Barnhart
47 years experience Psychiatry
Yes: Respiration is part of what is called the autonomic or involuntary nervous system. That's why it works while you're asleep. You can briefly increase o ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
interdependent: If you don't breathe, your heart will stop. If your heart doesn't pump, your can't breathe. For a more complete answer, there are excellent textbooks ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience Psychiatry
Intricate connection: The respiratory system provides oxygen that nourishes the entire body, including the heart and vascular system. Without oxygen, we die. Without the ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Luis Taylor
38 years experience Pulmonology
Inter-dependent: relationship exists between the two. The heart pumps arterial blood to the circulation. The deoxygenated or venous blood returns to the lung where bl ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
28 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Immune system: The immune system is within every organ in our body, including the lungs to defend it from foreign material, such as toxic inhalants, allergens, infec ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harinder Gill
38 years experience Cardiology
Cardiovascular and nervous: Very complex incompletely understood subject; not reportable in 400 characters !!!!! Science continually advances;consider joining the crusade.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Rosch
48 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Quite efficiently: To simplify a very complex symbiotic relationship, the respiratory system brings oxygen to the alveolar surfaces of the lung where it passes into the ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
System: The two systems work together and require each other to function. If they weren't connected, symmetry and coordination wouldn't be effective.
A female asked:
Dr. Clarence Grim
56 years experience Endocrinology
Physiology ?: I recommend you go to Wikipedia for questions like this. Too complex for 400 spaces.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Garner
15 years experience Cardiology
Gas exchange: The heart and lungs work together is a carefully coordinated team to pick up oxygen from the lungs, deliver it to the tissues, and then take the waste ... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Farhad Sigari
19 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
In your throat!: Your digestive tract and respiratory tract are very connected. You eat and breath through your mouth :). Significant problems in you upper GI tract (e ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shoaib Shafique
33 years experience Vascular Surgery
Autonomic nerves: carry pain sensations for certain cardiovascular events such as heart attack
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
50 years experience Endocrinology
Endocrine: Endocrine issues do not usually affect the respiratory system but sometimes there might be a link. Please contact your doctor about this.
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience Psychiatry
Breathe and eat: If you're not breathing, you will have no need of digestion. However, your respiratory system makes oxygen available to the rest of your body, includ ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Boardman
24 years experience General Surgery
Systems: The circulatory system is the system consisting of your heart and blood vessels. This system transports oxygen and nutrient to the body and waste pro ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
NS to CS: The heart and cardiovascular system receive parasympathetic and sympathetic innervation. The parasympathetics are craniosacral and the sympathetic ner ... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Laurence Badgley
52 years experience General Practice
Intriguing question: Control of the autonomic nervous system (sympathetic and parasympathetic) probably best attained by studying biofeedback, autogenic training, and med ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
Complex: Some would say that the heart is simply an accessory muscle of respiration, but try breathing without one! (BTW, they're directly connected by the pul ... Read More

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