Role of Microrheology of Blood (Hyperviscosaemia)

  • L. Dintenfass
Part of the NATO Advanced Science Institutes Series book series (NSSA, volume 62)


Hyperviscosity of blood, due to either of the blood subphases (with single exception of plasma viscosity) may lead to transient and reversible ischaemic episodes which may cause ventricullar fibrillation and cardiac arrest. Viscosity factors (hyperviscosity) can mimic coronary occlusion due to atherosclerosis or can mimic coronary vasospasm (or be the cause of the latter) and can be responsible for the onset of myocardial infarction, be it symptomatic or asymptomatic and silent. Thus, the clinical manifestations of ischaemic heart disease may largely depend on the presence and severity of abnormal Theological factors that transiently and acutely (but probably with accelerating amplitude and frequency) interfere with the coronary flow and myocardial perfusion.


Myocardial Perfusion Coronary Flow Ischaemic Heart Disease Blood Viscosity Coronary Occlusion 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


  1. DINTENFASS, L. (1982a): Effect of low-fat, low-protein diet on blood viscosity factors. Med. J. Aust. 1: 543.Google Scholar
  2. DINTENFASS, L. (1982b): Action of drugs on the aggregation and deformability of red cells: effect of ABO blood groups. In: Surface Phenomena in Hemorheology: Their Theoretical, Experimental and Clinical Aspects. The New York Academy of Sciences, New York, Conference, Oct. 1982. (Abstract).Google Scholar
  3. DINTENFASS, L., JEDRZEJCZYK, H., and WILLARD, A. (1982): Photographic, stereological and statistical methods in evaluation of aggregation of red cells in disease. Part I. Kinetics of aggregation. Biorheology 19: 567–577.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Plenum Press, New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Dintenfass

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations