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Normal Venous Blood Flow

Normal Venous Blood Flow

Picture of normal venous blood flow

In healthy veins, the blood flows in one direction. The valves of the vein allow blood flow in the right direction and prevent blood from flowing in the wrong direction. This keeps blood cells from collecting in the vein and forming a blood clot (called a thrombus).

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Howard Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology
Last Revised June 28, 2011

Last Revised: June 28, 2011

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Howard Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology

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