Structure to function of arteries and veins

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Arteries Component Veins
Reason Feature Feature Reason
Maintain high pressure Small lumen Lumen Larger Ease flow of blood
Withstand high Thick, lots of collagen Wall thickness & Thinner Lower pressure
pressure collagen
Stretch and recoil Lots Elastic fibres/tissues Less Doesn't need to
when heart pumps stretch and recoil
Wall stretch and recoil Lots Smooth muscles Some Reduce friction
to restrict blood flow

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Can unfold when Endothelium is folded Other Valves Pump blood, to stop
artery stretches back flow…read more


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