Last week we hosted a webinar with blood viscosity expert, Dr. Gregory Sloop. Blood viscosity is quite underrated according to Dr. Gregory Sloop, the Associate Professor of Pathology at Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. This webinar focused on the importance of measuring blood viscosity when it comes to multiple health conditions including diabetes and cardiovascular disease as well as the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. The recording and presentation slides from Dr. Sloop's presentation are ready to access via the download button at the bottom of this page!
The viscosity of blood has been proved to influence at least three different variables: its propensity to clot, perfuse tissue, and vascular resistance. An abnormally high blood viscosity can be an indicator of underlying health issues and a predictor of adverse events such as the following:
- increased likelihood of thrombosis and risk of stroke - COVID-19, Cardiovascular Disease
- decreased ability to perfuse muscle tissue, reducing gas exchange and glucose uptake-diabetes, athletic performance
- increased vascular resistance which accelerates aging and elevates blood pressure
About the Speaker:
Dr. Gregory Sloop is Associate Professor of Pathology at Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine and author/editor of Blood Viscosity; Its Role in Cardiovascular Pathophysiology and Hematology (Nova Biomedical, 2017) and 53 peer-reviewed publications on PubMed. He is former Chairman of Pathology and Laboratory Director at Benefits Hospitals, Great Falls, Montana, and Associate Professor of Pathology at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He enjoys living with six cats, two of whom are blind, is a mad scientist in the kitchen, and understands the importance of blood viscosity.
If interested, check out also Dr. Sloop's book: "Blood Viscosity: It's Role in Cardiovascular Pathophysiology and Hematology" which you can purchase here: https://www.amazon.com/Blood-Viscosity-Cardiovascular-Pathophysiology-Hematology/dp/1536109630