U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 43-year-old member asked:

if i by mistake cut a vein/artery how fast do i need to get to the hospital before it's too late?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. John Landi
Phlebology 47 years experience
Depends.: A vein is a low pressure system and an artery is a high pressure system. Most venous bleeding except the larger major veins can be controlled with elevation and direct pressure. Arteries, on the other hand, because of the high pressure may not stop with pressure alone. If a vein is cut you should have ample time to get to a hospital. If an artery is cut, get to a hospital as soon as you can.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month

Related questions

A 29-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
A 38-year-old member asked:
2 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
A 35-year-old member asked:
2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month
Last updated May 10, 2018
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits
$15 per month

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.