101 Questions About Blood and Circulation: With Answers by Faith Hickman Brynie

By Faith Hickman Brynie

Asks and solutions questions on middle, blood, and circulatory procedure. acceptable for center university, highschool, and non-physician adults. comprises details on center motion, palpitations, middle assaults, leeches, transplants, blood chemistry, and the significance of nutrition, workout, and never smoking in keep cardiovascular healthiness.

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Low values arise from anemia, internal bleeding, kidney disease, and hormonal disorders. What’s a Hematocrit, and Why Do Doctors Measure It? • 62 • ? Anemia describes any condition in which the number of red cells in the blood is decreased or the blood’s oxygen-carrying capacity is diminished. There are many types. For example: • Aplastic: The bone marrow produces too few blood cells of all types. Hypoplastic: The bone marrow produces too few red cells. Autoimmune hemolytic: The immune system attacks and destroys blood cells.

21 Certain proteins, excess salts and vitamins, waste materials, and water molecules move out of capillaries and into the capsule. Normally, the proteins and a lot of the water diffuse back into the bloodstream, leaving wastes and water behind to form urine. In the lungs, the waste is neither solid nor liquid, but a gas, carbon dioxide. The alveoli—about 600 million of them in each lung22 —are surrounded by a dense network of capillaries. The walls of the capillaries and alveoli are so thin that carbon dioxide molecules pass through them.

To release their chemical weapons, the granules fuse with the cell membrane. That opens the granule to the outside, and its contents spill out. Yet another kind of leukocyte has a special job to do. Natural killer or NK cells secrete an enzyme that dissolves the membranes of cells that display foreign or abnormal proteins. Along with killer T cells, NK cells are powerful weapons against many cancer cells and cells infected with viruses. • 58 • Not all infection-fighters are cells or antibodies.

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