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Mammalian Blood Circulation

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In tracing a drop of blood from tissue cells of the left knee to the capillaries of the right arm including the lungs.

What are the aspects of the cardiac cycle, keeping track of the left and right sides of the heart, and all the valves through which the blood travels?

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This solution applies to humans and all mammals. It is an excellent guide to understanding the flow of blood through the body as it gets oxygenated and deoxygenated. There are also some links [updated] that point to webpages that are useful for further information.

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Things to keep in mind when completing a problem such as this:

1. Arteries transport blood away from the heart.
2. Veins transport blood to the heart.

Blood flow normally takes two general paths. The first is through the body also called the systemic (relating to or affecting the body as a whole rather than individual parts and organs.) circulation. The left side of the heart accomplishes the pumping action for this circulation.
The second general path of blood flow through the body is the pulmonary (related to, associated with, or affecting the lungs.) circulation. The right ...

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