Biophysical aspects of blood flow in the microvasculature.

  title={Biophysical aspects of blood flow in the microvasculature.},
  author={Axel Radlach Pries and Timothy W. Secomb and Peter A. L. Gaehtgens},
  journal={Cardiovascular research},
  volume={32 4},
The main function of the microvasculature is transport of materials. Water and solutes are carried by blood through the microvessels and exchanged, through vessel walls, with the surrounding tissues. This transport function is highly dependent on the architecture of the microvasculature and on the biophysical behavior of blood flowing through it. For example, the hydrodynamic resistance of a microvascular network, which determines the overall blood flow for a given perfusion pressure, depends… CONTINUE READING
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