The Blood Circulatory System is comprised of the heart and lungs, along with the arteries and veins which make up our circulatory system. These pieces work together, to ensure our blood flows properly throughout our body i.e. systemic circulation,our lungs i.e. pulmonary circulation and our heart i.e. coronary circulation.
The combination of blood circulatory and heart make up our cardiovascular and pulmonary circulation system. A human heart works like a pump to push nutrients rich blood to all our organs, cells and tissue in the body. Our Blood carries necessary nutrients and oxygen to every cell in the body while removing any waste or carbon dioxide generated by the cells. Our circulatory system is a one-way system and the blood flow process inside the body is known as circulation. The Blood circulatory system carries blood from our heart to the rest of our body through a very complex network of arteries, capillaries and arterioles. The blood then returns to our heart through veins and venules. In pulmonary circulation the roles are reversed. The pulmonary artery brings oxygen-lacking blood to our lungs while the pulmonary veins bring oxygen-rich blood back to our heart.
Facts About Our Cardiovascular System
It is estimated that if our blood vessels were untangled and laid end to end, they distance would extend for nearly 58,000 miles or nearly 93,342 kilometers, which is enough distance to circle our planet twice! A human heart weighs about 7 to 14 ounces in total or about 198 to about 397 grams. A heart is slightly larger than the size of a human fist. It is estimated that at the end of a humans life, the heartbeat count more than 3 billion times ( expand and contract ). On average, a heart beats almost 100,000 times pumping nearly 2,000 gallons of blood each and every day.
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A human heart has 4 chambers in total. The upper chambers are known as the right and left atria while the lower heart chambers are known as the right and left ventricle. A thin wall of muscle known as a “septum” separates our right and left atria along with the right and left ventricles. The left heart ventricle is considered the strongest and largest chamber in our heart and even though they are only 1/2 inch thick, they have power to push blood through our aortic valve and back into our bodies.
There are 4 valves that help to us regulate blood flow through our heart:
- Pulmonary valves help control blood flow between the right heart ventricle and into the pulmonary arteries that then carry blood back to our lungs to pick up oxygen for the body.
- A tricuspid valve helps to regulate blood flow between the right ventricle and right atrium
- An aortic valve helps regulate a path for oxygen-rich blood to pass from our left ventricle into the bodies largest artery known as the “aorta.”
- A mitral valve helps oxygen-rich blood from our lungs get from our left atrium into the left heart ventricle.
Natural Strategies for a Healthy Heart
Cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary diseases refers to any condition that involves blocked or narrowed blood vessels which lead to heart attacks. Stem cell treatment for heart disease and congestive heart failure seeks to repair the heart muscle, valves or heart rhythm and not just treat the symptoms. Cardiovascular disease risk factors for poor blood circulatory system function and heart disease include: a patients lifestyle, age and family history. It is estimated that nearly half of patients that are diagnosed with heart disease have one of the 3 key factors including high cholesterol,high blood pressure and smoking.
How to Improve Blood circulation & Circulatory system function
Please note that hereditary risk factors cannot be controlled but patients can take steps to lower risk of heart attacks by changing the other factors that can be controlled. To maintain normal/good cardiovascular function the Regeneration Centre recommends eating a healthy diet along with regular and proper exercise.
A balanced heart healthy diet consists of organic/whole foods that are rich in minerals, vitamins and nutrients such as l-arginine. Some recommendations for a healthy heart diet and heart healthy snacks include:
- Coconut and coconut oil
- Organic eggs and/or raw dairy products
- Olive oil
- Raw seeds and nuts
- Certified Organic / grass-fed meat
Patients with a family history of heart disease should look to severely limit grains and sugars found in processed foods. A change is diet might not be easy at first however getting into a good habit takes less than 1 month of repetition. High risk patients should look to consume high-quality omega 3 fats (krill oil), drinking lots of fresh water and maintaining vitamin D levels between 70-100 ng/ml through 10-15 minutes of exposure to the sun.
Another way to optimize heart health is through physical exercise. Regular exercising is proven to improve blood circulation and maintaining a healthy weight. Please be mindful of your overall and cardiovascular health as prevention is always a better option that treatment after injury.
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