The circulatory system moves blood around our body. That is what we call blood circulation.

Our blood has 2 main functions:

  • It transports nutrients and oxygen to the different parts of our body.

  • It collects waste substances (the substances our body doesn't need).

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The heart is the organ that pumps the blood around our body. The heart is an involuntary muscle (you can't control it!!).

In the heart, you can find 4 chambers: 2 atriums and 2 ventricles. The atriums are in the upper part of the heart, and the ventricles are under the atriums.

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How does your heart work? Basically, there are 3 steps:

  1. The atriums recive the blood.

  2. Blood passes from the atriums to the ventricles.

  3. The ventricles pump the blood back to the body.





In this flash animation (from http://www.mydr.com.au) you can see the whole process.




A human heart looks like this: animation from http://www.hybridmedicalanimation.com





The blood is pumped through the blood vessels. There are 3 types of blood vessels:
  • Arteries: carry blood from the heart to the body. They carry oxygenated blood (blood with oxygen) that is bright red.

  • Veins: carry blood from the body back to the heart. They carry deoxygenated blood (blood with carbon dioxide) that is dark red.

  • Capillaries: are very tiny blood vessels that connect the arteries and the veins.



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