Arteries perform the critical function of carrying oxygenated blood throughout the body. The blood in the arteries flow under considerable pressure, hence, any damage to these vessels would result in immediate blood loss (exsanguination). This can become life-threatening if prolonged. Therefore, arteries are deep-seated to prevent any damage from occurring. Veins, on the other hand, are located superficially. This is because the blood flows through them with considerably lower pressure than arteries.
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