- Atherosclerosis -- a gradual clogging of the arteries over many years by fatty materials and other substances in the bloodstream
- Aneurysm -- a dilation of a part of the heart muscle or the aorta (the large artery that carries oxygenated blood out of the heart to the rest of the body), which may cause weakness of the tissue at the site of the aneurysm
- Embolus or thrombus -- clots in blood vessels may be either an embolus (a small mass of material such as fat globules, air, clusters of bacteria, or even foreign matter such as a piece of metal from a bullet) or a thrombus (a blood clot)
- Inflammatory conditions -- an inflammation within a blood vessel may occur as a result of trauma (physical trauma, such as from a fall, or chemical trauma, such as from an irritating medication being introduced into the vessel), infection, or an autoimmune disorder (e.g., polyarteritis, Raynaud's disease, and aortic arch syndrome)
- Varicose veins -- occur when the veins of the circulatory system in the legs are exposed over time to pressure that causes stress on the walls and valves of the veins
Elizabeth F. Connelly, DO
- internal medicine
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What conditions affect blood flow?
Brigham and Women's Hospital answeredSome conditions which may affect blood flow include, but are not limited to, the following:
What are blood clotting tests?
Intermountain Healthcare answeredAnticoagulants (sometimes called blood thinners) are drugs that cause your blood to take longer to clot. They help prevent dangerous clots from forming in your heart and blood vessels. Yet in doing so, they also bring a risk of excess bleeding throughout your body. That's why if you're taking an anticoagulant (such as Coumadin), your healthcare provider will order regular blood tests to make sure your blood is clotting at the right level.
The most common clotting test is called a PT/INR test. The PT (prothrombin time) is how long it takes your blood to clot. An INR (internationalized normalized ratio) is a calculation based on the PT. Your blood test result is usually expressed as an INR.
Why is there a charge when I receive blood if blood is donated?
American Red Cross answered
After a unit of blood is donated, it must be tested and processed into components prior to being released to your hospital for transfusion. At least 11 different tests, including infectious disease tests, are performed on each unit of donated blood. A blood processing fee, passed on to the hospital, covers the cost of recruiting donors, collecting the blood, and handling the blood from the moment it is drawn from the donor until the time it is sent to the hospital. The hospital may charge additional fees, such as a cross match fee and an administration fee, to cover the cost of administering the transfusion.
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