Arteries: Blood Flow and Oxygen Transport within the Body

Do Arteries carry blood away from or towards the heart?


Arteries carry blood away from the heart. They are thick, elastic blood vessels that transport oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the body’s organs and tissues. When the heart contracts, it pumps blood into the arteries with great force, which then travel through smaller and smaller branches called arterioles and eventually reach the capillaries where the exchange of gases and nutrients occurs. After the oxygen and nutrients have been delivered to the tissues, the blood then flows into the veins and is carried back to the heart.

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