TITLE

BLOOD VISCOSITY FACTORS IN EVALUATION OF SUBMAXIMAL WORK OUTPUT AND CARDIAC ACTIVITY IN MEN

AUTHOR(S)
Fass, L. Dinten; Lake, B.
PUB. DATE
November 1977
SOURCE
Angiology;Nov1977, Vol. 28 Issue 11, p788
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Despite the intensive worldwide study of ischemic heart disease in the last two decades, the proximate causes of nonocclusive coronary heart disease remains unsolved. Although the risk factors, or some of them, have been identified (inter alia, high blood pressure, high serum cholesterol, cigarette smoking, serum triglycerides, physical inactivity, personality type, diabetes mellitus, heredity, etc.), the specificity, predictive value, and sensitivity of these factors are inadequate. More recently, it was hoped to achieve better results by using exercise testing with parallel ECG tests. Froelicher et al. noted that although exercise testing identifies a group of men at high risk, its predictive value is limited. An abnormal ECG does not absolutely predict coronary heart disease, nor a normal response rules out this possibility. Blood viscosity has been repeatedly suggested as a possible important factor. The present study demonstrates a number of significant correlations between the submaximal work output, physical fitness, and cardiac activity and/or abnormality on the one hand, and blood viscosity factors (blood viscosity, plasma viscosity, aggregation of red cells, and rigidity of red cells) on the other.
ACCESSION #
16443706

 

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