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Vital Need: Cardiovascular System

The cardiovascular system has been called the most important system in your body, defend why you do or do not agree with this statement.

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Many will argue the Central Nervous System is the most important system as without the brain stem the vital organ systems cannot function (respiratory, circulatory). However, once the system is activated, the Cardiovascular system is an intricate web of vital fluids containing life-sustaining elements such as oxygen, iron, vitamins, and other nutrients. It also acts as a waste disposal system carrying out carbon dioxide, excess glucose, NaCl, K, and other by-products of metabolism.

Of course, all of this could not be performed without the heart, an complex organ which serves as a ...

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With the controversy of the definition of death, how do we discern which body system is more vital? While some will argue the CNS sustains life, others will defend their position that the body cannot be sustained without the Cardiovascular System. With it's intricate, detailed webbing of vessels and complicated, yet simplistic, pumping device, the CV system supplies each vital organ and tissue with the needed elements for life.