A 51-year-old member asked:
What are the similarities of veins and arteries?
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Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Part of a system: Both carry blood and are composed of three layers—the intima, media, and adventitia. Inside both vessels are covered by a specialized set of cells called endothelium.
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Phlebology 47 years experience
Arteries/veins: The only real similarity between arteries and veins is that they both carry blood. Arteries are high pressure and carry blood filled with oxygen from the heart to the body while veins are low pressure and return blood lower in oxygen from the body to the heart.
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Last updated Dec 6, 2020
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