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Cardiovascular Sys.

Heart and Blood Vessels

TermDefinition
Veins Blood vessels that return blood to the heart
Arteries Blood vessels that carry oxygenated blood away from the heart.
Capillaries Small vessels that carry blood from arterioles and to small vessels called venules, which empty into veins.
Blood Pressure A measure of the amount of force that the blood places on the walls of blood vessels, particularly large arteries, as it is pumped through the body.
Congenital Heart Defects Conditions of the heart that are present at birth
Heart murmurs Abnormal sounds that are made as blood flows through the heart
Varicose Veins These are formed as a result of the valves in veins not closing tightly enough to prevent backflow of blood.
Anemia A condition in which the ability of the blood to carry oxygen is reduced.
Hemophilia An inherited disorder where blood does not clot properly
Leukemia A form of cancer in which any one of the different types of white blood cells is produced excessively and abnormally.
Heart A muscle that makes the cardiovascular system work
Plasma The fluid in which other parts of the blood are suspended.
Hemoglobin The oxygen-carrying protein in blood.
Platelets Types of cells in the blood that cause blood clots to form.
Created by: jhowell