What’s the difference between veins and arteries?
Veins and arteries, while both part of the circulatory system, function quite differently from each other. “Poor circulation” is a nonspecific term, which often refers to arterial blockages and can lead to varicose vein pain.
- Arteries bring oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the extremities and functions as a tube or hose.
- Veins, unlike arteries, have one-way valves and channel oxygen-depleted blood back toward the heart. The veins function as an escalator, only going in one direction.
If the valves of the veins are not functioning properly, blood will flow backwards and pool within the veins, rather than returning to the heart. The veins then become congested with blood and swell. These enlarged veins are commonly known as spider veins or varicose veins, both of which can be treated with the minimally invasive treatments offered at Advanced Vein and Laser Centre. Spider veins are small, red, blue, or purple veins on the surface of the skin. Varicose veins are larger, distended veins that are located somewhat deeper than spider veins and may require advanced vein laser therapy. Dr. Rosenfeld vein doctor in Chicago specializes in identifying your specific vein problem and the safest and most effective treatment to eliminate your spider or varicose veins. Visit our friendly office serving greater Chicago and the Waukegan area.