We have all witnessed someone that becomes so angry that their jugular vein pops out. When super stressed one might feel it pulsating. The external jugular vein is closest to the skin and can sometimes be seen as a rope-like bulge on the side of the neck. Bulging of the external jugular vein is known as jugular vein distention.
We have jugular veins and carotid arteries on both sides of our neck.
Carotid Artery versus Jugular Vein
Arteries are the circulatory system blood vessels responsible for carrying newly oxygenated blood from the heart throughout the rest of the body. This is the blood that has been returned to the heart from the body, pumped from the heart to the lungs, then returned to the heart in preparation to be pumped to the rest of the body. Since the pressure of the blood in arteries is much higher than that in the veins, arteries have more muscular walls than veins.
Veins are the circulatory system blood vessels that return blood from the body to the heart. This is blood that has been deoxygenated and will be pumped through the heart to the lungs. In the lungs, it is then oxygenated and pumped back throughout the body to replenish cells and tissues with the oxygen needed for metabolic functions. One of the main differences between veins and arteries is that veins have valves that keep blood that is moving upward from the lower limbs to the heart from flowing backwards. Another difference between veins and arteries is the dark-blue appearance of veins.
Think is one way to remember. Compliments of Lois Trader. For a few more tricks see below.
- V = pointing up. A vein carries blood back to the heart.
- A = pointing down. An artery carries blood away from the heart
- With the exception of the pulmonary vein or pulmonary artery. (Which is another article.)
The reason veins rarely develop plaque is because they are less likely to be injured and inflamed long term. Arteries have much thicker walls to handle the much higher pressures they are subjected to. These higher pressures the arteries are subjected to though also increase their risk of damage as opposed to veins.
What can you do to:
A big step to prevent or control heart disease or/and stroke is to know your cholesterol numbers. It's not enough these days to take a doctor's word for it that all is good under the hood. We need to be our own advocates, learn what our numbers mean and what they should be. We are all different. Someone with more risk factors might need a lower cholesterol number than someone with little or no risk factors.
What everyone can do to help themselves live heart health is learn your cholesterol numbers.
- Lower them with exercise and diet. Regular exercise helps your body make more HDL, or good, cholesterol and decreases triglycerides. This combination decreases plaque buildup in your arteries and stops cholesterol from attaching to your artery walls. HDL cholesterol also collects cholesterol from different parts of your body and transports it to your liver for removal from your body.
- Exercising to increase your HDL cholesterol can lower your LDL cholesterol levels, which can slow down or stop plaque buildup in your arteries. Lower LDL levels also can reverse the buildup of plaque on artery walls. Lower LDL levels can lower the cholesterol content in unstable arterial plaques and prevent bursting, which can cause heart attacks.
- Excess weight can increase your LDL cholesterol levels and lower your HDL levels. Exercise can result in weight loss, which triggers a healthier trend by lowering your LDL cholesterol and increasing your HDL cholesterol levels. This reversal means there is more good cholesterol to help with the removal of bad cholesterol and plaque buildup in arteries.
- A Life Line Screening will go a long way in learning about the condition of your carotid artery and cholesterol numbers. A growing number of older Americans undergoing carotid-artery screening to detect such blockages, many of them through heart and vascular screening programs that offer a package of tests for one relatively low fee. (Medicare and insurers typically don't cover such screenings.)
Millions Screened: Over the past decade, Life Line has screened more than eight million people, at an average age of 62; 93% had one or more risk factors, and 8% had a moderate to serious abnormal finding.
There is a difference between an artery and a vein. Regardless both arteries and veins are improved when we take care of ourselves. Don't wait until you are forced to deal with those high cholesterol numbers, high blood pressure or worse, have a heart attack or stroke.
Schedule a Life Line Screening. You'll come away with knowledge of your cholesterol numbers, blood pressure, carotid artery health and much more.
Preventative Screening means you can be proactive, rather than making promises to yourself and family while laying on a hospital bed.
Which is good cholesterol and which is bad cholesterol?
- HDL = Happy good cholesterol
- LDL = Lousy bad cholesterol.
- Good cholesterol is light white fluffy rice, bad cholesterol is sticky white rice.
- If you have enough good cholesterol it will pick up the bad, sticky, lousy cholesterol and take it right out of your blood stream.
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What Are the Carotid Arteries?
The carotid arteries are two large blood vessels that supply oxygenated blood to the large, front part of the brain. This is where thinking, speech, personality, and sensory and motor functions reside. You can feel your pulse in the carotid arteries on each side of your neck, right below the angle of the jaw line.
In Sunday's Wall Street Journal - A Common Test to Screen for Stroke Risk Is Under Review
Health panel takes a new look at carotid-artery ultrasounds, which can produce false positive results. By Laura Landro.