What Happens When a Vein Is Cut?

According to The Hand to Elbow Clinic, when veins are cut, they bleed at first but normally shut themselves up quickly. Dr. Ben Kim claims that because the flow of blood from veins is rather sluggish, the blood can usually be stopped by applying pressure to the lesion.

According to The Hand to Elbow Clinic, veins transport blood from the lungs to the heart. As a result, they often have lower pressure than arteries, making therapy less necessary. Elderly people, on the other hand, have a harder time stopping the bleeding; elevating the injury helps to seal a vein.

According to Dr. Kim, venous bleeding can be mistaken for arterial damage. Arterial bleeding, on the other hand, is not just a brighter red that flows freely, but it is also a considerably more unusual and deadly injury. When only one artery is severed, the body can generally heal without causing injury. The Hand to Elbow Clinic, on the other hand, warns that if both of a limb’s primary arteries are severed, the limb can die in four to six hours without surgery. Arterial bleeding also occurs in spurts that correspond to the heartbeat’s rhythm, whereas venous bleeding is slow, constant, and continuous.

When a vein or artery is severed, Dr. Kim advises individuals to keep applying pressure until the bleeding stops completely; to do so, put clean absorbent cloths over the saturated ones.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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