Oxygen Transport Capacity

  • K. Messmer
Part of the Topics in Environmental Physiology and Medicine book series (TEPHY)


Under physiological conditions oxygen content of the blood, blood flow, and oxygen delivery are balanced to meet the tissue requirements resulting from the metabolic activity of a given organ or the whole body. Changes in oxygen content, total flow rate, or flow distribution can seriously affect this equilibrium; blood fluidity, which is of limited significance in normal circulatory conditions, might become the crucial factor for tissue supply by virtue of governing the distribution and the rates of flow within the different segments of the microcirculation.


Cardiac Output High Altitude Wall Shear Stress Oxygen Transport Blood Viscosity 
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