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How Does Polycythemia Affect Your Blood
Several ways.: Smoking causes constriction of the blood vessels. This occurs less commonly in the veins as compared to the arteries. Smoking is one of the major risk factors for the development of atherosclerosis (hardening and narrowing of the arteries). In addition to this it can lead to intrinsic lung disease, which could then lead to thickening of the blood(polycythemia) which could lead to blood clots. ...Read more
Increased infection: Proving that diabetes affects the lungs directly is difficult and the "jury is still out". However, diabetic patients have increased risk for pneumonia and influenza. Both infections can affect your lungs. Diabetics should recieve annual flu shots because of this reason. The new guidelines for Pneumovax (pneumonia shot) is to give the shot before age 65 and repeat it on a patients 65th bday. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several ways: Adrenaline (epinephrine) constricts blood vessels to decrease the blood flow to a cut or wound, so the blood trying to clot there has an easier time doing so. Epinephrine is believed to activate or encourage platelets to do their clumping and clotting actions. Epinephrine is also thought to activate blood clotting chemicals to help form clots with the fibrin and other particles in the blood. ...Read more
Does not: Well women who are pregnant sometimes develop hypertension so there is a relationship between the two and if you have hypertension it can worsen when you are pregant but the hypertension does not relate to your becoming pregnant. Either way, if your blood pressure is high you need evaluation and treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How low can you go?: Is not just about limbo, it can also be about your blood pressure. If your top number is 90 or less, the key is how do you feel? Dizzy, lightheaded [especially when you sit up or stand up], heart running fast, even passing out .... Not good. Talk with your doc! on the other hand, some people - especially athletes or yogis - feel fine & it's a sign of how healthy, body& mind, they are. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In Maaaaaany ways: Healthy arteries are flexible, strong and elastic. Their inner lining is smooth so that blood flows freely. If you have high blood pressure, the increased pressure of blood flowing through your arteries gradually can cause: 1) Aneurysm 2) Artery damage and narrowing 3) Hypertrophy - Heart Failure 4) Coronary Artery disease 5) Strokes 6) Kidney and Eye problems More important than people think! ...Read more
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
Not that much: Smokers on average run 10-20% more neutrophils because on the ongoing lung injury. ...Read more
Sepsis is BLOOD INFE: Sepsis is bacterial infection in blood, it is serious medical condition caused by excessive immune response to infection.Chemicals released into blood to fight infection result in wide spread inflammation.And that can result in organ damage, and in severe cases one or more organs fail, and also cause fall in blood pressure called septic shock. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Requires both muscle: to work harder to drive blood forward & ?es valve leaflet loads to block reverse blood flow. Heart muscle requires more blood flow for more work (more susceptible to damage of artery Ds), muscle gets thicker/stronger but also stiffer (no longer allows blood return from veins at low pressure) over time. Both lead to ?ed heart attack rates, enlargement, congestive failure, atrial fibrillation, etc. ...Read more
Generally, your.....: Anemia would have to be significant before you experience an impact on your periods. Indeed, anemias emerge commonly among women because they have a monthly blood loss that goes uncompensated by new rbc synthesis. Sometimes these anemias can be quite significant, suggesting that menses can proceed unabated, even in the context of significant anemia. If you are worried about this, consult your dr. ...Read more
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