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What are 3 functions the liver has in connection to the cardiovascular system?


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June 27, 2017 8:50PM

The liver is a metabolically active organ responsible for many vital life functions.

The primary functions of the liver are:

•Bile production and excretion

•Excretion of bilirubin, cholesterol, hormones, and drugs

•Metabolism of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates

•Enzyme activation

•Storage of glycogen, vitamins, and minerals

Synthesis of plasma proteins, such as albumin, and clotting factors

Blood detoxification and purification

The liver has a special set of veins called the hepatic portal system. The aorta delivers oxygenated blood into one set of capillaries in a second set with a vein into the liver and a vein out of the liver form this hepatic portal system.