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How does polycythemia affect your blood?

How does polycythemia affect your blood?

Thicker blood: Thicker blood means slow flow to the organs. True polycythemia may cause headaches. Severe polycythemia can develop blood clots. ...Read more

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How does smoking affect your blood and/or veins?

How does smoking affect your blood and/or veins?

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

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How does diabetes affect your lungs?

How does diabetes affect your lungs?

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 more

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How does adrenaline affect blood clotting?

How does adrenaline affect blood clotting?

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

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How does blood pressure affect reproduction?

How does blood pressure affect reproduction?

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 more

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How does low blood pressure affect you?

How does low blood pressure affect you?

Variable: Low blood pressure, or hypotension, can affect people in various ways. Symptoms may include dizziness, visual disturbances, passing out or even just weakness and fatigue. ...Read more

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How does low blood pressure affect you?

How does low blood pressure affect you?

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 more

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How does high blood pressure affect your vision?

See below: High blood pressure can cause vision loss if high enough. High blood pressure is also a risk factor for retinal vein occlusions. Control your blood pressure for your eyes and for your overall health. ...Read more

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How does high blood pressure negatively affect you health?

How does high blood pressure negatively affect you health?

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

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How does alcohol affect blood pressure?

How does alcohol affect blood pressure?

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

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How much does smoking effect your white blood count?

Not that much: Smokers on average run 10-20% more neutrophils because on the ongoing lung injury. ...Read more

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How does sepsis affect the blood?

How does sepsis affect the blood?

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 more

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How does morphine affect blood vessels?

How does morphine affect blood vessels?

Dilates: Morphine is a smooth muscle relaxant and dialates blood vessels. Also releasing some histamine which also relaxes blood vessels ...Read more

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How does high blood pressure affect your heart?

How does high blood pressure affect your heart?

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

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How does having anemia affect your period?

How does having anemia affect your period?

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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How does low blood sugar affect the kidneys?

How does low blood sugar affect the kidneys?

Poor blood flow: Low blood sugar(or hypoglycemia) can lead to diminished blood flow to the kidneys impairing their ability to function properly. ...Read more

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How does high blood pressure affect the lungs?

How does high blood pressure affect the lungs?

Blood pressure : systemic hypertension doesn't affect the lungs till left ventricle begins to fail, then lungs get stiff. Late in course edema may form. ...Read more

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Does donating blood affect your wait stability?

Does donating blood affect your wait stability?

No: Prevention of adverse reactions may be especially necessary in younger donors, who are more likely to develop an adverse reaction to blood donation. Deferral criteria are based on determining that the donation will not adversely affect the donor’s health. ...Read more

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