1.Arteries are vessels that carry blood from your heart to rest of your body.
2.There are more than 20 arteries throughout the body which then branch into many smaller ones.
3.This network of arteries carry blood to all parts of the body.
4.Each artery is made up of 3 layers:
- A smooth layer inside – Tunica intima
- A thick layer of muscle in middle – Tunica media
- A rough layer outside – Tunica adventitia.
5.Arteries transport blood containing oxygen and nutrients to smaller tubes called arterioles which deliver to even smaller vessels called capillaries.
6.Capillary are tiny, thin blood vessels that allow oxygen and nutrients to flow to nearby tissue.
7.Arteries throughout the body support many systems and are critical for cardiovascular health and other functions of blood.
8.Arteries are strong and flexible, but they can become less effective with time. A substance called plaque bulids up leading to restricted blood flow and ultimately blocking the artery.
9.This plaque causes heart attack, stroke, peripheral vascular disease and renal artery disease.
10.Adapting to healthy lifestyle can prevent and manage diseases of arteries.