Diseases and Conditions

Blood viscosity is a fundamental biophysical and hemodynamic parameter, which determines not only the work of the heart and the endothelial shear stress of pulsatile blood flow, but also peripheral vascular resistance and perfusion of each organ and tissue of the body. In addition, an oxygen delivery index at tissue level can be quantitatively determined using the ratio of hematocrit to blood viscosity. As such, there are a significant number of diseases and conditions that are influenced by hyperviscosity and hypoviscosity of blood.

Use the links below for more information on the potential benefits for and scientific rationales behind incorporating blood viscosity monitoring into clinical research programs focused on these disease and conditions.