Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation - Volume 3, issue 2
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Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation, a peer-reviewed international scientific journal, serves as an aid to understanding the flow properties of blood and the relationship to normal and abnormal physiology. The rapidly expanding science of hemorheology concerns blood, its components and the blood vessels with which blood interacts. It includes perihemorheology, i.e., the rheology of fluid and structures in the perivascular and interstitial spaces as well as the lymphatic system. The clinical aspects include pathogenesis, symptomatology and diagnostic methods, and the fields of prophylaxis and therapy in all branches of medicine and surgery, pharmacology and drug research.
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Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation is to bring together contributions from those working in various fields related to blood flow all over the world. The editors of
Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation are from those countries in Europe, Asia, Australia and America where appreciable work in clinical hemorheology and microcirculation is being carried out. Each editor takes responsibility to decide on the acceptance of a manuscript. He is required to have the manuscript appraised by two referees and may be one of them himself. The executive editorial office, to which the manuscripts have been submitted, is responsible for rapid handling of the reviewing process.
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Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation: the role of hemorheological and microcirculatory disturbances for epidemiology and prognosis, in particular regarding cardiovascular disorders, as well as its significance in the field of geriatrics. Authors and readers are invited to contact the editors for specific information or to make suggestions.
Abstract: Although plasma fibrinogen levels are known to increase during pregnancy, only limited hemorheological information regarding this condition appears to exist in the literature. The present study was thus designed to measure specific rheologic parameters (i.e., the extent and the rate of RBC aggregation, plasma viscosity, plasma fibrinogen concentration) in normal pregnancy and in pregnancy complicated by diabetes and pre-eclampsia. Our results indicate: 1) increased RBC aggregation and plasma fibrinogen levels in pregnancy versus non-pregnant controls; 2) when compared to normal pregnancy, late diabetic pregnancy was associated with an increased rate of RBC aggregation and pre-delivery diabetic pregnancy with both an…increased rate and extent of erythrocyte aggregation; 3) pre-eclamptic pregnancy differed from normal pregnancy only by having a lower plasma viscosity. All groups of pregnant women had increased levels of high molecular weight fibrinogen-fibrin complexes (HMWFC), with the maximum increase noted in the late pregnancy diabetic population; the influence of HMWFC on RBC aggregation is discussed.
Keywords: RBC Aggregation, Normal pregnancy, Diabetic pregnancy, Pre-eclamptic pregnancy, Fibrinogen