Blood, whose importance to the human body cannot be overstated, transports nutrients and oxygen for our tissues and organs throughout the body, and is one of the basic substances that sustain the body's vital activities.
Among these is blood viscosity, which is a great indicator of whether the blood is healthy or not. High blood viscosity can cause brain and heart attacks! Some patients have high blood viscosity, but they are unaware of it and do not have the awareness to seek timely medical attention.
In order for you to be aware of your blood health problems in time, today we will talk about the dangers of sticky blood and what symptoms your body will have in the hope of raising your awareness of vigilance.
I. Why does blood become sticky?
Blood viscosity (blood viscosity), an indicator of blood rheology. High blood viscosity can make the resistance to blood flow increase, resulting in slower blood flow.
High blood viscosity leads to hyperviscosity, which is not an independent disease, but is closely related to cardiovascular diseases, liver and kidney diseases, diabetes, etc.
Causes of thickened blood:
①Dyslipidemia, excess levels of lipids, sugars, and metabolic waste in the blood, causing the blood to become sticky and flow poorly. Therefore, high blood pressure, high blood lipid and high blood sugar can be considered as one of the "killers" that cause blood stickiness.
② Blood cell increase or deformation caused by various reasons, such as dehydration caused by vomiting, diarrhea, and profuse sweating, will lead to a corresponding increase in blood cell concentration and cause an increase in blood viscosity.
③ nicotine in tobacco, affect the vasoconstriction, resulting in slower blood flow, making lipid deposition, prompting the blood to become sticky, and thus the blood of older smokers, usually more sticky.
In addition, long-term alcohol consumption, alcohol will stimulate the walls of blood vessels, but also affect the metabolism of blood lipids, resulting in blood stickiness.
Second, the blood becomes viscous, blood flow is blocked to bring the harm
1, accelerate atherosclerosis
The thickening of blood can damage the walls of blood vessels, which, together with the obstruction of blood flow, makes it easy for lipids and metabolic wastes in the blood to be deposited on the walls of blood vessels, accelerating atherosclerosis.
2. Lack of oxygen to organ tissues can aggravate underlying diseases
The most direct effect of increased blood viscosity and obstructed blood flow is a decrease in the efficiency of oxygen delivery, which can affect the oxygen supply to organs such as the liver, kidneys and lungs, and can be aggravated by ischemia and lack of oxygen if there is an associated underlying disease.
3, increase the load on the heart
Sticky blood and increased resistance to blood flow will increase the load on the heart to pump blood. With an overload on the heart, it is easy to suffer from ischemia and hypoxia, which can also affect the function of the brain, lungs and other body organs.
Third, the body issued these 4 signals, indicating that your blood is too sticky!
Since the amount of blood returning to the heart would have been reduced after squatting. If the blood is sticky, it will also cause less and slower blood to return, triggering ischemia in the brain, lungs and other organs, so when you squat, you will have difficulty breathing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, etc.
People with more severe blood stickiness do not even have the ability to work in a squatting position.
A person who normally has okay vision experiences a brief period of blurred vision and cannot see anything at once.
It may be due to sticky blood and obstructed blood flow, which cannot provide sufficient oxygen and nutrients to the visual nerve in time, resulting in temporary ischemia of the optic nerve and retina, thus affecting the vision.
Signal 3: Dizziness upon waking, awake at night
Excluding factors such as staying up late and insomnia, people who go to bed early and get up early and get enough sleep should be energetic in the morning.
People with sticky blood are prone to feeling dizzy and light-headed when they wake up, even after getting enough sleep. On the contrary, at night, the mental state is very good and the whole person is full of energy.
Because blood circulation is slower when people sleep, human blood viscosity will be higher the next morning, affecting the blood supply to the brain, the brain is in a state of ischemia and lack of oxygen, and therefore easy to dizziness.
Blood viscosity will be relatively low at night, so you will be in a much better mental state at night.
Signal 4: frequent numbness of the limbs, cold hands and feet
The blood is sticky and tends to damage and block capillaries. Poor blood flow and insufficient blood supply to the extremities result in the inability to transport oxygen and nutrients, so the feeling of cold hands and feet and numbness can occur from time to time.
If the above physical symptoms occur, it is recommended to go to the hospital for a blood flow test to observe the blood flow rate and blood viscosity to confirm the diagnosis. A lipid test can also be done, which may be caused by abnormally high cholesterol and triglyceride indicators, resulting in changes in blood viscosity.
I am Dr. Wang Huaquan, chief physician of the Department of Hematology at Tianjin Medical University General Hospital. As a hematologist, I would like to tell you that in fact, the lower the blood viscosity is, the better. When the blood viscosity is too low, it may lead to bleeding that is not easily stopped and induced. Low blood viscosity is mostly seen in patients with anemia.
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