The circulatory system is responsible for circulating blood throughout the body. While it does include your heart as the motor to pump blood, nutrients and oxygen through your system, it is mostly comprised of a pathway of pipes called arteries and veins. Many people use these words interchangeably when in fact they are two very distinct elements of the circulatory system each providing its’ own essential function. Simply put arteries carry oxygenated blood away from the heart to various parts of the body and veins carry blood back towards the heart for purification. Below you will find an outline to help you better understand differences between the two:
|Direction of blood flow||Carry blood from various parts of the body back to the heart.||Carry blood away from the heart to various parts of the body.|
|Structure||A vein is a tube-like, elastic think structure with valves to prevent blood from flowing in the opposite direction.||An artery is a thick, elastic muscle structure, very rigid in nature, withstanding high pressures, carrying blood away from the heart.|
|Location||Found closer to the skin surface.||Found deeper in the body.|
|Disease||Deep vein thrombosis, blood clot, venous reflux disease, Venous ulcers, Varicose Veins, Spider Veins||Peripheral Arterial Disease, Peripheral Vascular Disease, Atherosclerosis, Ulcers, Gagrene|
All of the above listed disorders can lead to pain and a disruption in quality of life. It is important to be screened regularly for possible vein disorders and/or artery conditions. Contact Premier Vein Clinics to find out how we can help – (865) 588-8229.
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