General features of the cardiovascular system

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The purpose of this chapter is to provide a general overview of the human cardiovascular system, to serve as a quick reference on its underlying physiological composition. The rapid transport of molecules over long distances between internal cells, the body surface, and/or various specialized tissues organs is the primary function of the cardiovascular system. This body-wide transport system is composed of several major components: blood, the blood vessels, the heart, and the lymphatic system. When functioning normally, this system adequately provides for the wide-ranging activities that a human can accomplish. Failure in any of these components can lead to pathological or even grave consequences. Subsequent chapters will cover, in greater detail, the anatomical, physiological, and pathophysiological features of the cardiovascular system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Cardiac Anatomy, Physiology, and Devices, Third Edition
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9783319194646
ISBN (Print)9783319194639
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Blood
  • Blood flow
  • Blood vessels
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Coronary circulation
  • Heart
  • Lymphatic system


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