On Blood Viscosity and Its Correlation with Biological Parameters
In recent years interest in blood viscosity has increased significantly in different biomedical areas. Blood viscosity, a measure of the resistance of blood flow, related to its thickness and stickiness, is one of the main biophysical properties of blood. Many factors affect blood viscosity, both in physiological and in pathological conditions.
The aim of this study is to estimate blood viscosity by using the regression equation of viscosity which is based on hematocrit and total plasma proteins. It can be used to perform several observations regards the main factors which can influence blood viscosity. The main contribution regards the correlation between viscosity values and other important biological parameters such as cholesterol. This correlation has been supported by performing statistical tests and it suggest that the viscosity could be the main risk factor in cardiovascular diseases. Moreover, it is the only biological measure being correlated with the other cardiovascular risk factors. Results obtained are compliant with values obtained by using the standard viscosity measurement through a viscometer.
KeywordsBlood viscosity Regression equation Cardiovascular disease
This contribution has been funded by grant POR FESR/FSE Regione Calabria for SISTABENE and PIHGIS projects.
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