Circulatory System Failure: When The Circulation Collapses
What happens when the circulatory system fails? The answer depends on how it “collapses.”
First, circulatory failure can be cardiovascular in origin. It points to heart failure, a progressive disease starting with an index event that damages the muscle and cells of the heart. This results in the heart’s loss of function or the inability to contract properly. Heart failure can be acute or chronic.
Circulatory failure can also be peripheral vascular in origin, happening in specific body parts. For instance, prolonged lack of circulation in the leg can lead to tissue death (gangrene) because the area doesn’t receive adequate oxygen.
The bottom line is our blood circulation can fail in a particular area or as a whole, such as when we experience issues that disable the heart from pumping blood effectively.
Problems In The Circulatory System
But, of course, problems in the circulatory system are not confined to failure or collapse. As the system consists of the heart and blood vessels, any problem with them can be considered a circulatory problem. Here are some circulatory system diseases to take note of:
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