Looking to lead a stronger, healthier life?
Sign up for our Wellness Wire newsletter for all sorts of nutrition, fitness, and wellness wisdom.

Now we’re in this together.
Thanks for subscribing and having us along on your health and wellness journey.

See all Healthline's newsletters »

Posterior circumflex humeral artery

The posterior circumflex humeral artery is situated around the shoulder and upper chest. It branches off from the axillary artery, which supplies oxygenated blood to the armpit, upper arm, and thorax before winding down and becoming part of the brachial artery. The artery connects to the axillary artery at the subscapularis, which is a muscle found at the top of the shoulder and humerus. Once the posterior circumflex humeral artery branches off from the axillary artery, it distributes oxygenated blood to the shoulder joint and deltoid, a large triangular shaped muscle found at the top of the shoulder-joint. The artery pumps fresh blood into the muscle, making the joint flexible and healthy.

Written and medically reviewed by the Healthline Editorial Team
Co-developed by:

In Depth: Posterior circumflex humeral artery

Debugging Tools

Level: 3
Frame: 9
Toggle Hotspot
VP Data Tool
HexTable json from Steve
Steve's ajax layer update call:
[still on original layer]

Ad values:

adModel.dfpAdSite: hn.us.hl.bm.x.x.x
adParams['k1']: othervasculardisease,structure_of_posterior_circumflex_humeral_artery,9104316

More on BodyMaps

Take a Video Tour

Learn how to rotate, look inside and explore the human body. Take the tour

BodyMaps Feedback

How do you like BodyMaps? How can we improve it? Tell us what you think