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Florida Vein Specialists Discuss How Veins and Arteries Work Together to Maintain Healthy Blood Flow

Florida Vein Specialists: How Veins and Arteries Work

Your cardiovascular system is a marvel of complexity and efficiency. Your heart is only about the size of a closed fist, but pumps 5 liters of blood per minute through approximately 60,000 miles of arteries, veins, and smaller blood vessels. These vessels convey oxygen, nutrients, and hormones to every region of the body, and then carry deoxygenated blood and cellular waste products back to the heart and lungs again. All of this comprises what Florida vein specialists call your circulatory system.

How a healthy circulatory system works

Unsurprisingly, the heart of your circulatory system is your heart. It has to work 24 hours a day for your entire life to pump blood through two primary circulatory loops:

Blood vessels are the “highways” that allow this circulation to take place. Their size and type depends on the area of the body they convey blood to or from. There are three main types of blood vessels:

All of this is supported by two other types of circulation. Coronary circulation takes place over a set of specialized blood vessels that keep the heart itself supplied with sufficient oxygen and nutrients to pump blood. Hepatic portal circulation conveys blood to the liver, which removes toxins, stores sugars, and processes the products of digestion before they reach the rest of the body.

This all sounds complex – what kinds of things can go wrong with it?

There are an enormous number and type of disorders that can afflict the heart, arteries, and veins, too many to be covered in an article this short. Being able to detect and diagnose these disorders is what enables the doctors from South Palm Cardiovascular Associates to be considered some of the best cardiologists in Palm Beach and some of the best vein doctors in Florida. If you are interested in learning more about the incredible range of disorders that these doctors treat, please spend some time looking over the many informative articles on our website at To seek heart or vein treatment in Palm Beach, give us a call at 561-515-0080 to schedule an initial consultation.

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