Chinese Science Bulletin

, Volume 57, Issue 16, pp 1946–1952 | Cite as

Regulation of blood viscosity in disease prevention and treatment

  • Gan Chen
  • Lian Zhao
  • YaoWen Liu
  • FuLong Liao
  • Dong Han
  • Hong ZhouEmail author
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Review Preclinical Medicine


Blood viscosity plays an important role in maintaining vascular homeostasis. Under normal physiological conditions, blood viscosity is kept at a relatively stable level by a variety of regulatory mechanisms. However, under pathological conditions, disorders in these regulatory mechanisms mediated by endothelial cell dysfunction result in the pathogenesis and development of certain diseases, such as cardio-cerebrovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus, and hemorrhagic shock. Therefore, monitoring and regulating blood viscosity are important for the diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of disease. This article reviews the role of blood viscosity regulation and its importance in disease prevention and treatment.


blood viscosity cardio-cerebrovascular diseases diabetes mellitus hemorrhagic shock endothelial dysfunction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gan Chen
    • 1
  • Lian Zhao
    • 1
  • YaoWen Liu
    • 3
  • FuLong Liao
    • 2
  • Dong Han
    • 2
  • Hong Zhou
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Institute of Transfusion MedicineAcademy of Military Medical SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.National Center for Nanoscience and TechnologyBeijingChina
  3. 3.Institute of Pharmacology and ToxicologyAcademy of Military Medical SciencesBeijingChina

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