What are 3 differences between arteries and veins?

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Veda K. Share
Jan 23, 2016


There are really 3 main differences. What it carries, their position and their thickness.


1st difference- Arteries carry oxygenated blood away from the heart. Veins carry oxygen-poor blood to the heart.

2nd difference- Arteries are usually positioned deeper within the body, whereas veins are positioned closer to the skin.

3rd difference- Arteries are more muscular then veins, which helps in transporting blood that is oxygen rich efficiently to the tissues. Veins are less muscular than arteries, but contain valves to help keep blood flowing in the right direction, usually toward the heart.

Another difference might be that veins would collapse if blood flow stopped. Arteries would generally remain open if the blood flow stopped.

This is just what I know off the top of my head. If you want more detailed answers, I suppose you can go on to heart.org.

Hope this helped!

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