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How does atherosclerosis affect the function and structure of the cardiovascular system?

How does atherosclerosis affect the function and structure of the cardiovascular system?

Target organ damage: Blockage of blood vessels feeding different organs will compromise function of those organs, hence heart attacks, strokes, dementia, kidney damage, gangrene, etc., may all derive from atherosclerotic obstruction of vital blood flow to those tissues. ...Read more

Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Atherosclerosis (Definition)

Atherosclerosis is a common disease affecting the walls of arteries. Commonly described as "clogged" blood vessels, it can cause heart attack or stroke even without severe blockages: e.g., if blood clots form on plaques. High levels of LDL cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure, & aging can all contribute to atherosclerosis, but prevention is possible ...Read more


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What diseases affect the structure of the cardiovascular system?

What diseases affect the structure of the cardiovascular system?

The structure?: To effect the structure of, say, the heart requires an embryological defect - in other words you're often born with it. Over time there's a ton of things that can effect the heart structure - commonly things like chronic hypertension or valvular disorders can effect the structure of the heart walls and chambers. ...Read more

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What functions do the cardiovascular system and respiratory system share?

What functions do the cardiovascular system and respiratory system share?

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 products from those tissues and return it to the lungs where they are expelled as carbon dioxide. ...Read more

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Do the functions of the cardiovascular system contribute to homeostasis?

Do the functions of the cardiovascular system contribute to homeostasis?

Yes: The body works as a very efficient system where one complements the other and when one is out it has to be repaired for it to work in harmony. ...Read more

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What are two ways the endocrine system directly impacts the functions of the cardiovascular system?

What are two ways the endocrine system directly impacts the functions of the cardiovascular system?

Many...: Via adrenaline it puts more stress on the heart, making it beat harder, stronger and faster. Nor-adrenaline causes the blood vessels to contract, raising the blood pressure. High Insulin levels, as in "pre-diabetes" cause the release of free fatty acids which damages the blood vessel walls, causing plaque formation. Cortisol and other hormones also have adverse effects. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what functions do the cardiovascular system and respiratory system have in common?

Could you tell me what functions do the cardiovascular system and respiratory system have in common?

Lots: The cardiovascular system and pulmonary work together to pump and add oxygen and remove carbon dioxide from the blood stream.
They are directly connected by the pulmonary arteries and veins. ...Read more

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What are the main functions of the cardiovascular system?

What are the main functions of the cardiovascular system?

The engine...: The main function of the cardiovascular system is to keep all of the other organ systems functioning by providing them with blood flow. All the organ systems work in harmony to make the body work, some act like filters, some like computers, some like machines. The heart is like the engine in the car. You need all the parts of the car to work to drive it, but won't go anywhere without the engine. ...Read more

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What is the principle functions of the cardiovascular system?

What is the principle functions of the cardiovascular system?

Pump and deliver: The heart will pump blood into the vessels which carries oxygen and nutrition to organs and bring back waste to be cleared by lungs, liver and kidneys. ...Read more

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How does the nervous system connect to the cardiovascular system?

How does the nervous system connect to the cardiovascular system?

NS to CS: The heart and cardiovascular system receive parasympathetic and sympathetic innervation. The parasympathetics are craniosacral and the sympathetic nerves are in the thoracic area of the spinal column. ...Read more

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How does flossing affect the health of your cardiovascular system?

It Seems To Help: The exact cause-and-effect mechanism between excellent oral health & improved cardiovascular health is not yet know, but there is definitely a strong correlation. It's probably related to lower overall inflammation within the body in people with good gum health. Some studies suggest more than double the risk of fatal heart attack and stroke in people with unhealthy gums. So, don't risk it. Floss! ...Read more

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How can flossing improve the health of your cardiovascular system?

How can flossing improve the health of your cardiovascular system?

It does: There is now conclusive evidence that links oral health to cardiovascular health. In short, flossing tends to lead to healthier oral health thus healthier cardiovascular health. Poor oral health leads to poor cardiovascular health. Keep flossing! ...Read more

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How to tell if tobacco smoke is affecting your cardiovascular system?

You can't: You can assume that any tobacco smoke to which you are exposed is harmful. If you want to be more precise, an arterial blood gas test could measure your carboxyhemoglobin level which is a measure of the amount of carbon monoxide (ie smoke) to which you' ve been exposed. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how can tobacco smoke afffect your cardiovascular system?

Smoking: In absolutely no positive way. The technicalities are too great to give here. See. :http://m.Hopkinsmedicine. Org/healthlibrary/conditions/adult/cardiovascular_diseases/smoking_and_cardiovascular_disease_85, p00242/. ...Read more

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How does the cardiovascular system connect with the lungs?

How does the cardiovascular system connect with the lungs?

Integral: If you unravel the circulatory system, the "right side" of the heart pumps oxygen depleted blood into the lungs for oxygenation, then that blood goes through the "left side" from which it's pumped to the rest of the body. ...Read more

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How does the respiratory system affect the cardiovascular system?

Directly: If you don't cary out gas exchange (o2--co2)in the lungs, then your blood ph will fall (acidosis), and the heart will experience arrhythmias, ultimately asystole and death. ...Read more

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How does the respiratory and cardiovascular system work together?

How does the respiratory and cardiovascular system work together?

System: The two systems work together and require each other to function. If they weren't connected, symmetry and coordination wouldn't be effective. ...Read more

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How does the digestive system work with the cardiovascular system?

It is perfused: By arteries with blood pumped by the heart. It also helps clear the toxins from the blood via the liver. The interactions are multiple. ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Vascular System (Definition)

The vascular system performs circulation of blood throughout the body. It consists of the arteries and veins that run everywhere including the head, neck, chest, abdomen and all 4 extremities. The heart might also be included as it is the pump that circulates the blood thru the vascular system. The lymphatics of the body are also considered a third part ...Read more


Dr. Steven Busuttil
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Blocked Arteries (Definition)

Blocked arteries is a condition in which a person has decreased or no blood flow in one or more of his arteries, due to obstructions inside the artery such as thick plaques, floating clumps of broken plaques, blood clots, etc... Severe compression due to a problem on the outside of an artery can also ...Read more