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Aorta
Major artery that starts at the left ventricle and carries oxygen-rich blood to the body.
Arteriole
Smallest artery, leading to a capillary.
Artery
Blood vessel that carries blood away from the heart.
Atrium
One of the two upper chambers of the heart.
Blood pressure
The pressure exerted during circulation of the blood against the arterial walls.
Brachial Artery
Major artery of the upper arm.
Capillary
Tiny blood vessel connecting arterioles to venules, site of gas and nutrient exchange.
Cardiac Conduction System
The specialized contractile in conductive tissue of the heart that generates electrical impulses and causes the heart to beat.
Cardiovascular System
System composed of the heart and blood vessels that brings oxygen and nutrients to and takes waste away from body cells.
Carotid Artery
Major artery in the neck.
Coronary Arteries
Network of arteries supplying the heart with blood.
Diastolic Pressure
Pressure exerted against the arterial walls during relaxation of the left ventricle of the heart.
Dorsalis Pedis Artery
Artery of the foot, palpable at the top of the foot on the great toe side.
Femoral Artery
Major artery of the thigh.
Heart
The four chambered muscular organ that receives and propels blood throughout the body.
Hypoperfusion
Depressed delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the cells resulting from inadequate circulation of the blood through the capillaries.
Nitroglycerin
Medication often prescribed for patients with a history of heart problems for the relief of chest pain.
Perfusion
The delivery of oxygen and nutients to the body cells and removal of waste by blood flowing through the capillaries.
Plasma
The serum, or fluid, component of the blood.
Platelet
Component of the blood essential to the formation of blood clots.
Posterial Tibial Artery
Artery of the calf, palpable behind the medial ankle bone.
Pulmonary Artery
Vessel carrying oxygen-depleted blood from the hearts right ventricle to the lungs.
Pulmonary Vein
Vessel carrying oxygen-rich blood from the lungs to the left artrium of the heart.
Radial Artery
Major artery of the forearm.
Red Blood Cell
Component of the blood that carries oxygen to the body's cells and carries carbon dioxide away from the body's cells.
Shock
Depressed delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the cells resulting from inadequate circulation of blood to the capillaries.
Sternum
Breast bone, located in the center of the chest.
Systolic Pressure
The pressure exerted against the arterial wall during contraction of the left ventricle of the heart.
Valves
Membranes located within the heart to prevent the backflow of blood in the system.
Vein
Vessels that carries blood towards the heart.
Venae Cavae
Two major veins that carries oxygen depleted blood back to the heart: superior vena cava from the upper body, inferior vena cava from the lower body.
Ventricle
One of the two lower chambers of the heart.
Venule
Smallest vein, leading from a capillary.
White Blood Cells
Component of the blood that provides part of the body's immune system.