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How to get rid of erectile dysfunction?

Before going directly into the topic, firstly, it is necessary to comprehend the mechanism of erection, because small fault due to different factors in the mechanism gives rise to its dysfunction. ...
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Do shin injuries heal slower than similar injuries on other parts of the body?

It is commonly known by plastic surgeons etc that the close association of skin and bone in the shin area leads to poor healing. Anatomical studies suggest that this is caused by the comparative lack ...
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Can very tight glasses restrict blood flow to the brain?

Not towards the brain. Look at the two diagrams. The temporal artery is a branch of the external carotid artery that stays outside the skull. The internal carotid artery goes inside the skull. ...
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Surgery of the hemorrhoid or other veins

What happens when a blood vessel is cut during surgery? Blood vessels (not just veins, but arteries also) are transected (cut), ligated (tied off), and/or cauterized (burned closed) in just about ...
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Ultrasound sniff test: why does lowering intrathoracic pressure collapse the subclavian vein?

Your thought process is correct; in the absence of all other factors, physics dictates that the reduction of pressure surrounding a flexible fluid-filled vessel would result in expansion. But there ...
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How long does it take for a body to get rid of blood clots and bubbles inside a cannula?

First, notice that bubbles are stopped by the drip chamber on the IV, or if there's an infusion pump instead of a drip chamber, the pump itself will detect it and stop the flow. If there is a small ...
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Is there no drawback on removing varicose veins?

Removing veins impairs blood flow to that area, but since the varicose veins aren't really getting blood efficiently to their locality anyway, I wouldn't call the lack of perfusion from removing them ...
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Dealing with a lot of standing

How can I deal with standing for long periods? I have an odd sensation, like pins and needles The technical name for that kind of altered sensation is paraesthesia. It can have a number of causes; ...
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Crystalloid infusion during anaphylactic shock

Your assumption that there is no fluid loss is wrong. In addition to the vasodilation Jan mentioned in his answer, there's significant fluid loss caused by increased permeability of the vasculature. ...
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Bradyarrhythmia & Bradycardia- same or different?

Literally translating the terms would say that bradycardia is a "slow heart" and a bradyarrhythmia is a "slow abnormal/irregular (heartbeat)". In many cases they will substantially ...
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Can a colloid intravascular volume expander be used in chronic orthostatic hypotension?

Albumin is expensive and potentially dangerous, colloids have never been shown to be better than crystalloids, and there is no good evidence for their effective use in orthostatic hypotension. ...
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Extreme bleeding - what shuts down first?

It's actually not terribly complicated. The heart will stop first. In the scenario you describe, the heart will continue pumping until it runs out of blood to pump, and it may even continue pumping ...
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Standing up while deeply inhaling can cause a blood pressure fall?

There seem to be a couple different issues under discussion. I will attempt to explain the relevant physiology and respond to the query in the title. Hiccup interruption. Most physical techniques ...
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Does altitude related secondary polycythemia make your blood thicker?

Yes, blood viscosity changes with altitude. This is a study in rats where the control group was kept at normal altitude and the test group at simulated 5500 meters. Besides, RBC counts, ...
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How do apps that measure heart rate work? Are they precise?

They work as photoplethysmogram: Because the skin is so richly perfused, it is relatively easy to detect the pulsatile component of the cardiac cycle. Basically the light flash measures your ...
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Can pectus excavatum increase the risk of cardio vascular disease?

This is a very interesting question. Thank you. Just as a small background on pectus excavatum (PE) (also known as "funnel chest"). It is characterised by depression of the sternum that begins over ...
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Does Anemia equal poor circulation?

Anemia means decreased ability of the blood to carry oxygen. Two examples are iron deficiency anemia and pernicious anemia due to impaired vitamin B12 absorption. You can have anemia and good ...
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What are the health benefits of cold showers?

Short-Term Benefits Cold showers boost recovery after exercise: Athletes often take ice baths after vigorous training do reduce soreness. You don’t have to take it that far, but you can obtain a ...
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Tourniquet application on a venous bleed

In venous lacerations, blood would be able to be stopped by placing a tourniquet below the injury. By stopping the blood from returning from the limb, you wouod be able to effectively prevent blood ...
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What ingredients in this list are causing my hands to get warm? (improve circulation to my fingers)

The ingredients one by one Sorbitol: An alcohol sugar, and a sugar substitute. However, xylitol has become more widely used because a few type of bacteria (Streptococcus mutans) can process sorbitol ...
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At what speed would an average adult human male bleed out, if their arm was amputated?

Rate of blood loss through amputation of an arm will depend on a range of things including initial blood pressure and heart rate of the patient etc. Plus, blood pressure falls as the amount of fluid ...
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How does the circulatory system know where to distribute oxygen and nutrients?

The easiest explanation is that there is no "knowledge" involved, just physiology/molecular biology. In an area of low O2 and high CO2 (therefore a demand exists for O2), the oxygen dissociation curve ...
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Does chronic caffeine use increase or decrease blood flow to connective tissue?

With regard to underlying biological mechanisms, most research has been devoted to BP-raising effects of caffeine. However, there are many other substances in coffee, such as polyphenols, soluble ...
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How do I measure my resting heart rate?

Resting heart rate is measured sitting down after having rested for at least 10 minutes and for accuracy, not under the influence of any stimulants (like caffeine). The normal range in general is ...
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The state of glucose in the blood

As pointed out in mytutor.co.uk in the basic biology section When we breathe we inhale oxygen from the air into our lungs. The alveoli are tiny air sacs in the lung where oxygen diffuses into the ...
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Crystalloid infusion during anaphylactic shock

In anaphylaxic shock, vasodilation can result in severe hypotension. The aim of crystalloid infusion is to help correct hypotension. There are various treatment regimes possible, but most authors ...
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What ingredients in this list are causing my hands to get warm? (improve circulation to my fingers)

EDIT: Its thoracic outlet syndrome. If I do certain stretches it goes away Old: So I looked into it, and I found those ingredients are actually good for "carpel tunnel" which has been found to be ...
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What ingredients in this list are causing my hands to get warm? (improve circulation to my fingers)

Your experience that alcohol warms your fingers and the fact that the drug nifedipine is used in Raynaud's symptoms relief suggest that the mechanism involved in warming fingers is vasodilation. From ...
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Why is this clinical difference between central and peripheral hemoglobincyanosis?

Cyanosis occurs when the concentration of deoxyhaemoglobin is high (greater than 5g/dL), because deoxyhaemoglobin absorbs differing wavelengths of light than oxyhaemoglobin and looks bluer. Central ...
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