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Hyperviscosity syndrome

September 14, 2017

Hyperviscosity syndrome

Hyperviscosity syndrome is a group of symptoms that caused by increased viscosity of the blood that results from increased circulating serum immunoglobulins (eg, macroglobulinaemia, multiple myeloma) and can also result from increased cellular blood components (eg, red or white blood cells). However, since hemorheology is not included in a regular blood test, hyperviscosity may often be neglected by many people.

There some early signs of Hyperviscosity, especially in senior population. In general, if the following symptoms occurs, it might indicate that your blood viscosity is increasing:

Morning dizziness

Instead of being bright, happy and bursting with energy in the morning, some people with high blood viscosity wake up with symptoms like dizziness, mental impairment and irritability or depression are present. These bad feelings gradually fade away after having a breakfast, and the mental state may reach its best after dinner.

Sleepiness after lunch

Feeling a little tired after eating a meal is perfectly normal. However, for people with hyperviscosity, without taking a nap, the sleepiness would last for the whole afternoon. This is a typical symptom of high blood viscosity due to the lack of oxygen and blood circulation to the brain.

Shortness of breath when crouching

Research published in the International Journal of Obesity demonstrates that obese patients (BMI > 28 kg/m2) had diastolic blood viscosity levels that were 15% higher than age and sex matched controls, even in the absence of impaired glucose tolerance, diabetes, hypertension, or hyperlipidaemia.

For people with obesity, crouching may impede the blood circulation. Furthermore, increased viscosity may result in ischemia of important organs including liver and brain, leading to difficulty in breathing.

Visual disturbances

Hyperviscosity may also undermine your retinal microcirculation. Impaired microcirculation system cannot provide enough nutrient to the optic nerve, which leads to visual disturbances that caused by temporary ischemia and hypoxia of the optic nerve and retina.  

Other potential harms

The main risk of hyperviscosity is the insufficient blood supply to the heart, brain, lung, kidney and other vital organs, resulting in ischemia and hypoxia, and then may lead to cardiovascular and cerebrovascular problems including coronary heart disease, cerebral infarction, renal failure, and obstructive pulmonary disease, etc.

For instance, due to increased blood viscosity, blood flow is slow and lead to coronary ischemia and hypoxia. Consequently, angina may occur, and thrombosis is easy to form as well. When thrombosis blocks the coronary artery, it can cause acute myocardial infarction. Obstruction in the cerebral arteries may lead to cerebrovascular accident.

Due to the degradation of the body's function, the blood vessels of elderly group are also aging gradually.

Effects of Aging on the Heart and Blood Vessels

1 Blood vessels become brittle and hardened

Hypertension, diabetes and hyperlipidemia will accelerate the hardening of the arteries. In turn, atherosclerosis will further increase blood pressure, creating a vicious cycle.

2 Vascular blockage and poor memory

Arterial blockage can cause ischemia necrosis or dysfunction of its target organs or limbs. Cerebral vascular insufficiency will cause drowsiness, memory loss, poor concentration and so on.

3 Carotid stenosis

Carotid stenosis is a narrowing of the carotid arteries, caused by a buildup of plaque (atherosclerosis) inside the artery wall that reduces blood flow to the brain. It is the local manifestations of atherosclerosis, the patient is often accompanied by intracranial arteries and coronary heart atherosclerosis, lower extremity arteriosclerosis, and the corresponding symptoms.

4 Varicose veins

There are many factors that may contribute to varicose veins including pregnancy, menopause, age over 50, standing for long periods of time, obesity, family history of varicose veins. after the impact of standing and walking.  The sequelae of deep venous thrombosis and arteriovenous fistula lesions can also be manifested as limb swelling and compensatory superficial varicose veins.

5 Diminished body functions

In addition, the aging of specific arteries can lead to a variety of functional decline. For example, carotid atherosclerosis can lead to cerebrovascular accident; aortic sclerosis can lead to thoracic abdominal aortic aneurysm, which is life-threatening.

Prevention plays a dominant role in personal nutrition practice. To maintain a healthy body, we need to focus on primary and secondary prevention. Therefore, we should take good care of our blood vessels as early as we can.

Is there any natural way to protect our cardiovascular and cerebrovascular systems? There are two products that can help.

The first one is an herbal supplement called Lifeflower (US Patent #6084080).

As Chris Kilham, aka. the Medicine Hunter, stated in his article Lifeflower: A Treatment for Stroke, Erigeron Breviscapus , an active ingredient in Lifeflower, is a unique plant that possesses both protective and restorative activity. It is used in China to treat disorders of the entire cardiovascular system, and to help stroke patients to recover function in cases of stroke-related paralysis. 

On July 4, 2002, the U.S. Patent Office granted a patent to Farlong Pharmaceutical in California for a proprietary extract of Erigeron breviscapus and an active compound called breviscapinum (breviscapine). The patent cited the following findings: "…breviscapinum increases cerebral blood flow for significantly decreasing cerebrovascular resistance; raises permeability of blood brain barrier, increases nutritional blood flow of myocardium; raises immune function of body macrophage cell and counteraction against blood and oxygen depletion induced by hypophyseal pituitrin and thrombocyte agglutination induced by adenosine diphespate inhibiting internal thrombosis and promoting activity of cellulose dissolution; increases peripheral and coronary blood flow, effective for sequelas induced by cerebrovascular accident: palsy, coronary heart disease and angina pectoris."

The second one is Notoginseng (US Patent #6500468)

Known in China for over 650 years, Panax NotoGinseng is commonly referred to as the “King of Ginseng” for its superior active components and unique properties. Farlong Pharmaceutical introduced this medica to the US, and extract only the active ingredients, notoginsenosides, with modern technology. In 2002, the U.S. Patent Office granted a patent to Farlong Pharmaceutical for this proprietary Panax notoginsenoside composition. The patent cited the following findings: “…According to Chinese (herbal) medicine such as Compendium of Materia Medica, panax notoginsenoside extracted from panax notoginseng can help cerebral blood vessel dilatation, increase cerebral blood flow, reduce the oxygen consumption of organism, increase the orgainism's resistance to oxygen shortage, decrease cerebrovascular resistance, enhance immune function of organism, prevent shock caused by bleeding, and provide functions of resisting thrombus, blood coagulation, and atherosclerosis.”

These two products by Farlong Pharmaceutical offer a nature and safe way to promote the cardiovascular and cerebrovascular health.