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Difference between artery and vein - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   aside to pulsation, how can you recognize if it is an artery or vein?
Doctor :   The feel
Doctor :   Artery is thicker and firm
User :   how about their direction?
Doctor :   the direction of the blood flow is towards the heart in the vein and away from heart in artery
User :   what about if it is located in the forehead?
Doctor :   artery will bleed in spurts of blood as with the hearbeat
Doctor :   vein will not have this
Doctor :   spurts in bleeding
User :   what is spurts?
Doctor :   which in addition to the feel will tell us that it is artery
Doctor :   spurts is sudden forceful emission of blood

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