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Cardiovascular System


Picture of the cardiovascular system

The cardiovascular system consists of the heart and blood vessels (arteries, veins, and capillaries). It delivers oxygen and nutrients to the tissues and carries waste products to the organs responsible for elimination. The arteries carry blood from the heart to the rest of the body, and the veins carry blood back to the heart.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerJohn A. McPherson, MD, FACC, FSCAI - Cardiology
Last RevisedMay 1, 2010

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