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How Does Alcohol Affect The Blood Vessels
Raises it, usually: Acutely, like in alcohol poisoning it can lower your blood pressure to shock levels- in fact many alcohol ods die of shock. Chronically, in heavier drinkers (3/day on average or more), it elevates blood pressure, and in fact is a cause of secondary hypertension. For the most part, people with elevated BP should drink very much in moderation, if at all. I ask my pt's to keep it to special occasion. ...Read more
ACH effect on BV: M3 muscarinic ach receptors are located in smooth muscles of blood vessels. Because they're gq-coupled & mediate increase in intracellular calcium, they typically cause contraction of smooth muscle (as in bronchi). But activation of m3 on vascular endothelial cells causes increased synthesis of nitric oxide, which diffuses to adjacent vascular smooth muscle cells and causes their relaxation. ...Read more
I feel like everyone's reading my mind. I don't like being around others, it feels really awkward. I think I have lost blood vessels inside my head.
See a Counselor: See a counselor to be evaluated and be taught coping strategies before it becomes a permanent condition. ...Read more
Contacts: Dilated vessels in the eyes can occur from any reason that causes eye irritation (such as contacts, dry eye, blepharitis, etc). ...Read more
Yes and no.: If your blood vessels are constricted you may feel cold. There are no diseases of the blood vessels not dilating properly. Blood vessels dilate or contract in response to chemicals in the blood stream, systemic conditions and local environmental factors. ...Read more
Blood,A fluid tissue: Blood has the cellular elements and plasma. The cells are 3 types called red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. The liquid portion in which these cellular elements are suspended is called plasma which is rich in proteins called plasma proteins — including albumin, globulins, and in additon have the special clotting related proteins -clotting factors i to xiii. ...Read more
Big topic: Many types of inflamed blood vessels: thrombophlebitis is usually hard, inflamed superficial blood vessels in the leg veins. Usually patients have underlying medical condition of their veins called venous insufficiency or reflux. Need to see phlebology dr. www.phlebology.org do ultrasound scan now. This can lead to deep vein clot which is dangerous. Use ice, ibuprofen, compression, walking. ...Read more
Unlikely: Tuberculosis results from mycobacterium tuberculosis, a bacterium. It enters and travels through blood vessels but it does not widen blood vessels. Its destination and residence is in organs, such as the lungs, lymph nodes, bones and joints, skin, intestines, genital organs, kidneys, and bladder. ...Read more
Possibly: If the running is very traumatic say through obstacles courses or your are pounding pavement in poorly cushioned shoes, ie military recruits running on hard pavement in boots, then they it can cause broken blood vessels. If you are in well cushioned shoes on reasonable terrain you should have anything to worry about. ...Read more
See below: Anabolic steroid used in excess can cause hardening of the arteries and lead to big problems later with circulation and potential clogging in the coronary arteries leading to heart attacks. As for regular, non-anabolic steroids like that used to reduce inflammation, these have a lot of long term affects if used for prolonged periods but hardening of the arteries I do not believe is involved. ...Read more
See a pediatrician: The most common reason is trauma but it if there no obvious explanation such as a fall etc consult a pediatrician. ...Read more
Endothelium: Blood vessels are lined by endothelial cells. These are thin flattened large cells that are metabolically active. The electrical charge on the endothelial cells and blood cells keeps them apart. ...Read more
Few things: Could be just a normal variant or from high blood pressure (most likely especially if its in both eyes). Alternatively, if there is an abnormal connection between the arteries and veins or an impending blockage of a vein, that can also cause it. These are unlikely causes though. ...Read more
Vasculitis: The cause of most forms of vasculitis (inflammation of blood vessels) is unknown. However, we know the immune system plays a role. The immune system is meant to protect the body, but when it becomes "overactive" due to some unknown trigger it can cause inflammation in the blood vessels. This causes narrowing of the blood vessel, decreased blood supply which can cause damage to surrounding tissues. ...Read more
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