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How Do Arteries Supply Blood to the Body?
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Tuesday, April 5, 2022
Understanding human anatomy can feel confusing and overwhelming. If you or a loved
one has issues with arteries, such as plaque buildup and peripheral artery disease
(PAD), you may be wondering, “What are arteries, anyway? What do arteries do?”
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There are over 100,000 miles’ worth of blood vessels in the average adult human body.
How many of these are arteries? What are the other pieces of the blood vessel puzzle?
What happens when one of these passageways becomes narrow?
If you’re concerned that you may have peripheral artery disease or wish to learn more
about the arteries of the body, artery function, and how your lifestyle affects your
vascular system, our expert, board-certified vascular doctors at USA Vascular Centers
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What Are Arteries?
Arteries carry blood throughout the body. To help support arterial blood flow, arteries
are tube-shaped and built to withstand the force of blood being pumped from the heart.
They contain a smooth inner lining to help blood flow smoothly. The largest and main
arteries include the aorta, the carotid artery, the femoral artery, the subclavian artery,
and the pulmonary artery. These major arteries in the body branch off into smaller
arteries and all arteries are connected.
The arteries supplying blood to the legs and feet are impacted much more commonly
than those leading to the arms and hands when it comes to PAD. The femoral artery
supplies blood to the upper legs before becoming the popliteal artery passing through
the knee area. The popliteal artery then branches into three arteries: the anterior tibial,
peroneal, and posterior tibial, which supply bl