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Dr. David Astrachan Dr. Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
33 years in practice
Yale University School of Medicine
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What are the differences between arteries and veins?

What are the differences between arteries and veins?

High vs low pressure: Arteries take blood from the heart to the tissues of the body under high pressure. Veins take blood from the tissues back to the heart under much lower pressure. Arteries are thicker and have muscle in the walls, veins are thinner. ...Read more

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Dr. James Dukelow
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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are defined as blood vessels which carry blood away from the heart (to either the body or lungs). Arteries: higher pressure, thicker walls, stretch (pulse) with each heart contraction & deliver blood to the arterioles which control the flow to individual capillaries. Veins are blood vessels which carry blood from capillaries back to the heart (body to right heart; ...Read more


Dr. Clarence Grim Dr. Grim
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
53 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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Dr. Sonja Stiller-martin Dr. Stiller-martin
Emergency Medicine
22 years in practice
Medical College of Pennsylvania
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I was wondering what are the main difference between the artery and the vein?

I was wondering what are the main difference between the artery and the vein?

Structure and action: arteries have thicker, muscular walls. They carry oxygen and nutrients out to the body so it can be used. Veins are thin walled, elastic vessels that carry 'used' blood (less oxygen and waste products of metabolism) back to the body and heart. ...Read more

Dr. Calvin Weisberger Dr. Weisberger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
47 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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Dr. Andrew Murphy Dr. Murphy
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
25 years in practice
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
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Can there be any differences between antibody level of artery and vein?

Can there be any differences between antibody level of artery and vein?

No : There should be no difference in antibody levels drawn from a vein or artery. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Fenster Dr. Fenster
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
27 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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Are there differences in appearance between coronary arteries and veins?

Are there differences in appearance between coronary arteries and veins?

Yes: Yes, the coronaryveins are thin walled vessels like all veins. The arteries are thicker, muscular walled structures as the coronary arteries actively dilate and contract in response to cardiac demands and various signals. In many instances, the coronary venous structures travel right next to the arteries. ...Read more

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Dr. John Garner Dr. Garner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
12 years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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What are symptoms differences both common carotid arteries are compressed from that when both jugular veins are compressed?

What are symptoms differences both common carotid arteries are compressed from that when both jugular veins are compressed?

One Hurts: When you compress both carotids, you only have two tiny arteries ("vertebrals") left supplying the whole brain. Ergo, you hit the ground unconscious. If the compression isn't relieved, you die fast. The veins are more compliant, but less redundant. Compression of the jugular leaves the brain with no backup drainage. You'll get a phenomenal headache as pressure builds up, then something will pop. ...Read more

Dr. Samuel Hahn Dr. Hahn
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
24 years in practice
Harvard Medical School
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Is there a significant difference between getting arteries from your arm for heart bypass instead of veins from your leg?

Is there a significant difference between getting arteries from your arm for heart bypass instead of veins from your leg?

Maybe better: There is debate in cardiovascular surgery whether radial arteries have better long term results than saphenous vein grafts. Assuming the surgeon is experienced in handling the radial artery, the results are at least as good as vein grafts and maybe better over the long run. ...Read more

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Dr. Omar Esponda Dr. Esponda
Internal Medicine
11 years in practice
Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine
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Which is bigger: a vein or an artery?

Which is bigger: a vein or an artery?

Veins are...: Veins are usually bigger when compared to their anatomical counterpart, the arteries, as veins have a thinner vessel wall and tend to be distended. ...Read more

Dr. Clarence Grim Dr. Grim
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
53 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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Dr. James Isobe Dr. Isobe
Phlebology
50 years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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Why do people get blocked veins and arteries?

Why do people get blocked veins  and arteries?

Family DNA: Arteries become blocked with arteriosclerosis, and it tends to run in the family, and diet/lifestyle contributes to the progression. Veins become blocked with blood clots, and heredity can make one more prone to development of blood clots. Venous clots occur in the deep and superficial veins, and the former type requires anticoagulation. Prolonged travel, surgery are risk factors for clots. ...Read more

Dr. Omar Esponda Dr. Esponda
Internal Medicine
11 years in practice
Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine
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What are the similarities of veins and arteries?

What are the similarities of veins and arteries?

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. ...Read more

Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah Dr. Abu Halimah
Surgery - Vascular
17 years in practice
Faculty of Medicine, Jordan University of Science and Technology
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How are arteries, veins and capillaries different?

Anatomy: Arteries what carries blood from the heart to organs and tissues. Vein take blood from organs back to the heart . Both are connected with capillary network. ...Read more

Dr. Kathryn Akin Dr. Akin
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
33 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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Where can I find a list of arteries and veins to study?

Where can I find a list of arteries and veins to study?

Textbook or internet: Any textbook of anatomy would have most listed and diagrammed. ...Read more

Dr. Brian Santin Dr. Santin
Surgery - Vascular
11 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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For what length of time do veins and arteries take to heal?

Depends: This depends on what caused the injury. If it is related to a surgery, then it could take a few weeks for the pain to subside. I hope this helps. ...Read more

Dr. John Landi Dr. Landi
Phlebology
43 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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Can you tell me exactly where are your main veins and arteries?

Can you tell me exactly where are your main veins and arteries?

Deep in your body.: The main vein and arteries lie deep in your body usually under the muscles or within the abdominal and chest cavity. Any anatomy book will show you where they are located. The key is deep not superficial location. Examples include aorta, iliac, femoral, popliteal and tibial arteries and corresponding vena cava, iliac, femoral, popliteal and tibial veins. ...Read more

Dr. Sonja Stiller-martin Dr. Stiller-martin
Emergency Medicine
22 years in practice
Medical College of Pennsylvania
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Can you enumerate at least 5 major arteries and 5 major veins.?

Can you enumerate at least 5 major arteries and 5 major veins.?

See below: arteries: aorta, carotid, iliac, femoral, subclavian veins: inferior vena cava, superior vena cava, jugular, femoral, popliteal ...Read more

Dr. Richard Bensinger Dr. Bensinger
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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How long does it take the body to make a new vein or artery around a blocked one?

How long does it take the body to make a new vein or artery around a blocked one?

Not the way: In most parts of the body, there are redundant elements of the blood supply, so that if one vessel is blocked, the others already present take over. New vessels are not grown to jump over the blockage. This is not true for the brain and back of the eye where blocked vessels create permanent damage as collateral vessel are not present in these tissues. ...Read more

Dr. Layne Hermansen Dr. Hermansen
Family Medicine
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If you draw back in an artery is it easily to know it was an artery instead of a vein? Can the effects from doing so be settle to barely any?

If you draw back in an artery is it easily to know it was an artery instead of a vein? Can the effects from doing so be settle to barely any?

Bright vs dark: Arterial blood is bright red due to oxygen. Venous blood is dull dark red due to lack of oxygen. Could do an internet search for images showing the difference. ...Read more

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger Dr. Weisberger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
47 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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Dr. Ted King
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Veins (Definition)

Veins are thin walled vessels that carry deoxygenated blood ...Read more