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Are there different types of blood vessels?

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There are three main types of blood vessels:

  • Arteries. They carry oxygen-rich blood away from the heart to all of the body's tissues.
  • Capillaries. These are small, thin blood vessels that connect the arteries and the veins.
  • Veins. These take blood back to the heart; this blood lacks oxygen (oxygen-poor) and is rich in waste products that are to be excreted or removed from the body.

SOURCES:
The Food and Drug Administration.
The Merck Manual.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on February 04, 2019

SOURCES:
The Food and Drug Administration.
The Merck Manual.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on February 04, 2019

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