Tag for questions regarding the circulation of blood through out the organism and issues that may arise from dysfunction of systemic circulation.

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Why doesn't the rest of the body have something like the “blood-brain” barrier to protect itself from pathogens?

According to Wikipedia: "The blood–brain barrier acts very effectively to protect the brain from most pathogens". This is because the pathogens cannot pass through the tight junctions of the ...
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Do camels have nucleated RBCs or enucleated RBCs?

Most mammals have enucleated RBCs as an adaptation to facilitate the transport of oxygen. My text says that camels and llamas are exceptions to these. I was wondering why they are exceptions, and the ...
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What would happen if blood flow wasn't periodic?

Blood pressure has its systolic and diastolic parts due to the beating heart and the body's used to that kind of thing. What would happen to a person supported by a blood-pumping machine that applies ...
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Why is it always Sodium that we talk of in blood pressure?

Why is that we emphasize so much on sodium in blood pressure? I understand that it is a major extracellular ion, but, it also is tightly regulated. So when something is that tightly regulated, won't ...
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Is the amount of blood same in the pulmonary and systemic foetal circulation?

We learn that the stroke volume is the same for the right and left side of the heart. So the amount of blood in either circulations should also be the same. (is it? I myself doubt this statement. As ...
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What is the oxygen carrying capacity of reticulocytes?

What is the oxygen carrying capacity of immature red blood cells, or reticulocytes? Is there any difference between oxygen carrying capacity of mature and immature red blood cells?
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When there's a wound, the end result is a thrombus or thrombosis?

When there's a wound, the blood vessels are damaged. To stop the loss of blood, the clotting cascade starts off and forms a clot. This clot is a thrombus, right? Seems like perfect physiology. Where ...
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Oncotic (Osmotic Pressure) in the blood pressure

I just wanted to ask, why is the oncotic pressure more negative in the blood plasma even though the hydrostatic pressure is higher since the blood comes from the pumping of the heart?
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How long does it take for blood to travel from the lungs to the fingertips?

I've noticed that a pulse oximeter at my fingertip lags my breathing effort by a noticable amount. I conclude that it takes some time for freshly oxygenated blood to travel from the lungs to the ...
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What is the speed of blood?

The speed of blood may vary from one place to another and may be quite low in the tinyest vessels compared to the biggest one. What is the speed of blood while exiting a normal human heart?
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Diffusion coefficient of cells in blood?

What's the diffusion coefficient of white cells in blood? Is it well defined, or are cells too large and few as to be treated as particles in this context? P.S. I have tried to look this up, but what ...
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What is the maximum altitude where humans can survive?

What is the highest altitude that a human can survive without being pressurized? Let's assume that oxygen and heat/insulation are not the limiting factors? Why I asked.
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How do cellular waste products enter arterial blood?

I recently learned that blood in renal arteries contains waste materials, which is filtered via nephrons in the kidneys. My question is, how are these waste materials getting into the arterial ...
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Why is alcohol purged from the body more slowly when we sleep?

It is a popular belief that when you get asleep after drinking alcohol, in the morning you have higher level in your blood than if you stayed awake the whole night. Is this true? If so, why? Is it ...
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what makes our body warm?

I would think that there would so many chemical reactions going inside our body,friction produced by blood in veins, subcutaneous and visceral fat acting as heat insulators. I was wondering to what ...
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By What Mechanism Does Heat Cause Muscle Relaxation?

Heat is commonly used "loosen" muscles, but what exactly is happening to relax the muscle? It wouldn't make sense that increased blood flow alone would relax muscle.
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How long can the brain function after cutting blood circulation? [duplicate]

If I cut blood circulation from the brain, for how much long can the brain fuction and send commands to the body like the legs?
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Why is squeezing not recommended after a needle prick?

I've read some interesting things about the risk of infection after a needle prick (30% - hepatitis B, 1.8% - hepatitis C and 0.3% - HIV), but I've also saw that the local squeezing is not ...
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Why do veins undergo vasoconstriction during physical activity?

How would this help increase blood circulation?
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How do mosquitoes react to blood feeding on a highly ethanol intoxicated host?

Considering that a mosquito can consume up to five times its body weight in blood during a single meal (Encyclopedia of the Arctic, M.Nuttal), and considering a very strong alcoholic intoxication of ...
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Can bigger persons generally resist g-forces better?

I've seen a claim that bigger persons generally resist g-forces worse than smaller in an undergraduate biology book. However this claim was supported by the argument that blood has to travel a longer ...
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Is pulse rate measurable in the capillary bed and venous vasculature?

Pulse rate is easily felt when gently pressing the arteries in the wrist or neck region (Fig. 1). Fig. 1. Feeling the pulse at the radial artery. Source: Wikipedia Arteries supply the thin ...
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Are blood vessels organs?

Are blood vessels classified as organs? Organs compose of 2 or more tissues and perform a certain function. Blood vessels have 3 different tissues and perform a function (transport blood), yet I do ...
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Oxygenated hemoglobin in MRI

I have read the following sentence: Because this oxygenated hemoglobin is unaffected by magnetic fields, the response RF signal returned to the fMRI scanner is stronger when there is more ...
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Are there fishes with a double circulatory system?

Our courseware materials say there are such fishes, but my Internet searches suggests fishes only have a single circulatory system.
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Where does the exudate comes from during inflammation?

During inflammation transudate and exudate is formed by vessels. I would like to make sure if it comes from arterioles, venules, or both, and the reason why.
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Difference between pulse and blood pressure

I'm a very naive and biologically illiterate person, and from what I've read on the internet I'm not really sure I understand the difference between pulse and ...
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Why do fingers swell during cold winters?

When exercising, tissue in the hands may swell. This may be caused by the muscles generating heat, which leads to blood being pushed to the vessels closest to the surface of your body to dissipate the ...
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How does the brain cool itself?

Thoughout life everyone tells you that brain is essentially a computer but just like computers your brain would create immense amounts of heat by being in use, so if that's the case how does it cool ...
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How does the body respond to blood donation; are there any possible risks?

Can blood donation cause any harm to the donor? I have been told so, but cannot find any references supporting this claim. I have also learned that our body will replace the lost fluids within 24 ...
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Is the amount of blood that flows through every vein and artery per minute really a constant?

I was listening lectures from Mark Saltzman via Open Yale Courses. Now, if I did not understand him wrong, he said that the amount of blood that travels through every vein and artery in our bodies per ...
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Human leukocytes (re)circulation/migration in homeostatic state

One can easily find information on the topic of leukocytes trafficking between vessels and peripheral tissues during inflammation. But what happens during normal states when there is no pathology? ...
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How does Hemocytoblast constantly get formed into so many blood cells and yet remains there in the bone marrow throughout the lifetime?

I mean, Hemocytoblast is a stem cell which is constantly being differentiated into daughter cells and leads to formation of all the blood cells (having short and limited life spans), so how come those ...
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How does so many replicas of different kinds of blood corpuscles form from different cells in the bone marrow? [closed]

I am interested in the process by which so many identical blood corpuscles form from an entirely different cell (within the bone marrow) altogether. How does these cells form?
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What creates the feeling of 'excess' blood pressure to an area of the body?

If I hang upside down, and feel blood rushing to my head, what structures are actually responsible for me "feeling" this excess flow of blood? Baroreceptors? Mechanoreceptors? Something else? ...
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Maximum RPM in zero-g before losing consciousness, spinning head-over-heels

There are more than a few scenes in Gravity that I find dubious. Specifically the ones where people are revolving very quickly, either about their own center of gravity or at the end of a rather long ...
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Blood circulation - How to expand blood capillaries?

Do blood capillaries expand? If yes, through what means can it be done? And can warm water also be used to expand blood capillaries?
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Why draw blood from veins rather than arteries?

Why draw blood from veins rather than arteries? Is it more convenient or safer?
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How long can the brain survive during ongoing cardiac arrest?

There was this interesting discussion on CPR and defib in response to the question "Why can't we defibrillate the heart within 1 minute after ventricular fibrillation by electroshock?". Now I was ...
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Is the molecule nitric oxide responsible for healing blood vessels?

Is the molecule nitric oxide responsible for healing blood vessels? How does nitric oxide heal the blood vessels? I watched a documentary about the healing effects of nitric oxide. In the video I ...
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Why is the Trendelenburg position used when placing and removing Central Venous Line catheters in the sub-clavian vein?

The title says it all. Why is it that patients are placed in the trendelenburg position when a catheter is inserted in the sub clavian vein? What would happen if the patient wasn't placed in the ...
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How many mosquitoes would it take to “drain” enough blood to put a person into shock?

I'm just curious, how many mosquito "bites" (mosquitoes which have removed blood from a person) would it take to remove enough blood to put a person into shock? (Putting aside all reasons why it ...
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Why can blood group O be given to all blood groups?

Blood group O has antibodies against antigens A and B. Blood group A has A antigen. If someone with blood group A receives donor blood with group O, then anti-A antibodies in the donor blood should ...
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Blood cells penetration

Is there a type of blood cell that can reach all other body cells? By "reach", I mean to "touch" the surface of the target cell. If we look at the red blood cell for example, that moves in blood ...
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Why don't we see turbulence in the aorta even in normal situations?

I read about the Windkessel effect. Then I read about pulse pressure waves getting reflected from the periphery. If the pulse pressure wave is reflected during diastole and at the same time blood is ...
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What is the difference between the basal membrane and the basal lamina?

I'm researching about the basal lamina in lung tissue and I'm not sure if the basal membrane is the same. What is the difference between them?
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What are the risks of elevating the legs too regularly and when tired?

I started to to think the pathophysiology of elevating legs high next to the wall too often and when you are tired. I think possible manifestations some damage to valves of the veins (No!) because ...
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What happens when you mix type A with type B blood (and v.v)

What happens when you mix different blood types that are not compatible? For example, if a patient has type A blood and receives type B blood, or v.v.?
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Which types of blood vessels can regenerate in humans/mammals?

Which types of blood vessels can regenerate in humans/mammals? From what I understand, arteries and arterioles can be created later in life, while this is not necessarily the case with veins. However ...
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Relationship between mN and mg in vessel contraction studies?

What is the relationship between mN and mg as the units involved to measure the changes in contraction? A tool most widely used is an instrument called myograph. In these exoeriments, either units of ...