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Abstract With its arteries and veins, the vascular system connects the heart with all other organs and tissues and circulates blood around the body. It can be affected by diseases with different pathogenic mechanisms. Many arterial diseases are underpinned by atherosclerosis, while some have genetic origins or are immunemediated. This article, the second in a three-part series, describes the pathophysiology of the main arterial diseases. The first article in the series covered the anatomy and physiology of the vascular system, and the third will discuss diseases of the venous system.
CitationJarvis S (2018) Vascular system 2: diseases affecting the arterial system. Nursing Times [online]; 114: 5, 58-62.