Flyer written by: Luis Nunez
Functions of the Circulatory System:
When you breathe in, the oxygen is sent to your lungs and blood from your heart transports it to different parts of your body through blood in your arteries. After sending the oxygen to the body parts, the blood collects waste such as carbon dioxide. The blood goes back through the veins to the heart and the cycle repeats over and over again.
Good ways to keep your Circulatory System in health:
-Iron-rich foods like beans, whole-grain breads and cereals, red meat, and green vegetables are good for your blood
-Eat less fatty foods like fried foods
-Exercise or be active to keep your heart pumping
-Go play outside or go on your bike. Being less active means a weaker heart
Rheumatic heart disease
Rheumatic heart disease. Teens who have had strep throat infection may develop rheumatic fever. This type of infection can cause permanent heart problems. This usually happens with people who are 5 through 15 years old. People who've had strep throat and received antibiotics right away are unlikely to develop this problem.