AuthorHendershot, Sierra Amanda
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AbstractThe cardiovascular system is made up of three components: the heart, the blood vessels, and blood. Each of these components has its own set of functions, but the heart and blood vessels main purpose is to pump and transport blood to the rest of the body. Blood carries oxygen, nutrients, medications, and hormones to all of the body’s tissues, making it crucial that it reaches every organ in an organized fashion. Blood is also necessary in the wound-healing process, as it carries platelets, which are used for coagulation, and white blood cells, which are used in the immune response. When blood clots form that are not necessary for healing or to prevent blood loss, this could cause major issues for the body. If the clot dislodges and travels to the heart or brain, it could cause a heart attack or a stroke. It is important to understand how the coagulation process works in order to identify those who are at risk for developing these life-threatening conditions as well as seek treatment for those who are showing signs of a blood clot.