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Varicose Veins
Even though arteries and veins have similar duties, their structures are different
because of their specific function. The arteries are responsible for taking
oxygenated blood away from the heart in order to supply oxygen to the whole body.
The veins take the deoxygenated blood
back to the heart. Arteries have thicker,
stronger walls in order to cope with the
strong forces of blood pumped from the
heart. Veins have a lower pressure than
the arteries, so they have valves to help
push the deoxygenated blood back to
the heart.

Blood Back to the Heart
Veins are blood vessels that take
deoxygenated blood back to the heart.
Veins become larger and larger as they
get closer to the heart. The superior
vena cava is the large vein that brings
blood from the head and arms to the heart, and the inferior vena cava brings blood
from the abdomen and legs into the heart. The one-way valves in deep veins
prevent blood from flowing backward, and the muscles surrounding the deep veins
compress them, helping force the blood toward the heart. These valves in the veins
are important organs in the cardiovascular system because they keep the proper
amount of blood circulating through the body.
How Varicose Veins Form
Varicose veins are formed when the valves in
your veins are damaged or frail. The valves
normally open and close one way so that, when
you pump blood against the flow of gravity to
toward the heart, blood does not flow backward.
With varicose veins, there are problems with the
valves, so blood leaks backward into the veins
and remains there. This collected blood causes
the veins to swell.

Can I Get Varicose Arteries?

No, you can not get varicose arteries. This is
because arteries to not have valves like veins do.
The damaging of the vein valves is what causes varicose veins. Therefore, it is
impossible for the arteries to become varicose.