Role of red blood cell flow behavior in hemodynamics and hemostasis

Gregory Barshtein, Ronen Ben-Ami, Saul Yedgar

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Abstract

The primary role of red blood cells (RBCs) is to transport oxygen to the tissues, which is performed predominantly in the blood capillaries. However, RBCs have unique flow-affecting properties that play a key role in blood flow in all blood vessel types and sizes. While RBCs as oxygen carriers have been studied extensively, their hemodynamic function has been examined less comprehensively. This review aims to bridge this gap, focusing on the role of RBC flow properties in hemodynamics, hemostasis and thrombosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)743-752
Number of pages10
JournalExpert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
Volume5
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2007

Keywords

  • Circulatory disorders
  • Erythrocyte adhesion
  • Erythrocyte aggregability
  • Erythrocyte deformability
  • Erythrocyte rheology

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