Flujo sanguíneo

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A medida que el corazón bombea, las arterias llevan sangre rica en oxígeno (se muestra en rojo) desde el corazón hacia los tejidos corporales y órganos vitales. Algunos de éstos son el cerebro, el hígado, los riñones, el estómago y los músculos, incluso el mismo músculo cardiaco. Al mismo tiempo, las venas llevan sangre pobre en oxígeno (se muestra en azul) de los tejidos hacia el corazón. De ahí, pasa a los pulmones para recibir más oxígeno. El ciclo se repite cuando la sangre rica en oxígeno regresa al corazón de los pulmones y es bombeada entonces por todo el cuerpo de nuevo.

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  • Last reviewed on 9/4/2012
  • David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.

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