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Cardiovascular

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Definition

The term cardiovascular refers to the heart (cardio) and the blood vessels (vascular). The cardiovascular system includes:

  • Arteries
  • Arterioles
  • Capillaries
  • Heart
  • Venules

Images

Heart, section through the middle
Heart, front view
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Review Date: 
1/31/2015
Reviewed By: 
Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.