Facts & Functions
An average of 7,572 litres of blood travel daily through about 96,560 kilometres of blood vessels. An average adult has about 4.7 to 5.6 litres of blood containing plasma, red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets.
In addition to blood, the system moves lymph (a clear fluid) that helps rid the body of unwanted material.
This happens through 3 independent systems working together:
Cardiovascular Component – Heart, blood, blood vessels
Pulmonary Circulation – a “loop” through the lungs where blood is oxygenated.
Systemic Circulation – the network of arteries, veins and blood vessels providing oxygenated blood.