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Vascular care: What does the vascular system do?

October 6, 2020

The right healthcare starts with an understanding of your body and knowledge of what a healthy body does and looks like.

Before you can give your body the vascular care it needs, first you need to learn what the vascular system is. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the ins and outs of your vascular system and show you how it relates to the rest of your body.

What is the vascular system?

Also known as the circulatory system, the vascular system carries blood and lymph throughout your body using a series of vessels.

Blood and lymph vessels run throughout your body, from your brain through your heart and all the way down to the tips of your fingers and toes. They carry oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and organs, and bring any waste materials to the right place for removal.

Arteries move from the heart to different parts of your body, carrying oxygenated blood to the body parts that need it. Veins work in the opposite direction, carrying blood and waste matter back to the heart and other organs. Capillaries, on the other hand, can be thought of as tiny versions of arteries. They are the vessels that actually conduct the transfer of oxygen, nutrients, and waste between the tissues of your body.

Meanwhile, lymph vessels carry what’s called lymphatic fluid — a mixture of water and blood cells that protect and maintain the fluid environment of your body — throughout your body, filtering and draining this fluid as needed.

What does the vascular system do?

Like most other systems in your body, the vascular system works in conjunction with these other systems to keep your body running in tip-top shape.

Because it helps carry oxygen to the different parts of your body and delivers waste in the form of carbon dioxide back to your lungs, the circulatory system is an integral part of your respiratory system as well.

The same can be said of its role in the digestive and urinary systems. It delivers nutrients from the food you eat to the rest of your body and then brings any waste products from your tissues down to your kidneys, where this waste then leaves your body through the urinary system.

Contact Champion Heart and Vascular Center today

When you want top-of-the-line vascular care at an affordable price, turn to the experts at Champion Heart and Vascular Center.

Patients can see Dr. Ramaraj and Dr. Sheshadri from their offices here at the clinic, and when you need tests for your heart or vascular system, the vascular intervention suite is also located on-site. There, we can help you with most cardiology, vascular, and vein procedures as well as stress tests, ultrasounds, and CAT scans.

Plus, our clinic performs same-day procedures 50% cheaper than if you went to a hospital — saving you hundreds of dollars on your medical bills.

Visit us at either of our two locations in Dunn and Henderson, North Carolina. Book your appointment today by filling out the form on our website. If you have any questions or concerns, please fill out our contact form and a member of our team will reach out to you shortly.

Model organ used in vascular care to explain the cardiovascular system