Asked in Human Anatomy and Physiology
What are 3 functions the liver has in connection to the cardiovascular system?
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
•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.