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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. Andrew Seibert
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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are a type of blood vessels. We can divide blood vessels into 2 categories. Arteries are high pressure vessels which deliver (red) oxygen + blood out into the body. Veins on the other hand or low pressure vessels which return (dark) oxygent - blood from the body ...Read more


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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

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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: Coronary arteries and veins appear very differently. Coronary arteries thick walled have a whitish to pink color and are larger than coronary veins. Coronary veins smaller thinner and bluish in hue. Hope that answer helps. ...Read more

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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Veins (Definition)

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