Reducing blood viscosity with magnetic fields

R. Tao, K. Huang

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Abstract

Blood viscosity is a major factor in heart disease. When blood viscosity increases, it damages blood vessels and increases the risk of heart attacks. Currently, the only method of treatment is to take drugs such as aspirin, which has, however, several unwanted side effects. Here we report our finding that blood viscosity can be reduced with magnetic fields of 1 T or above in the blood flow direction. One magnetic field pulse of 1.3 T lasting ∼1 min can reduce the blood viscosity by 20%-30%. After the exposure, in the absence of magnetic field, the blood viscosity slowly moves up, but takes a couple of hours to return to the original value. The process is repeatable. Reapplying the magnetic field reduces the blood viscosity again. By selecting the magnetic field strength and duration, we can keep the blood viscosity within the normal range. In addition, such viscosity reduction does not affect the red blood cells' normal function. This technology has much potential for physical therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number011905
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Volume84
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 12 2011

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Reducing blood viscosity with magnetic fields. / Tao, R.; Huang, K.

In: Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics, Vol. 84, No. 1, 011905, 12.07.2011.

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