Why it’s time to consider neck veins
Posted November 16, 2018 05:16:11 As the world’s population continues to grow and as the number of doctors grows, it’s important to consider the impact of their work on our health.
This is particularly important for the elderly.
Researchers have long known that neck veins have a big impact on the function of the arteries in the body, and that the more vascular the artery, the more oxygen it produces, the better its function.
Now, researchers have discovered a surprising new study that suggests a big chunk of that oxygen is going to our blood vessels.
In fact, the researchers found that the volume of blood vessels in our veins is almost twice as large as they are in our arteries.
“We know the vascular system is important for blood flow and that there’s a relationship between blood flow to the vessels and the number and size of veins,” said study author Michael Zweig, a vascular surgeon at New York University School of Medicine.
But until now, there’s been very little understanding of what that relationship might be.
“It’s a very important question to ask because this has been an important area of research for decades,” ZweIG told Healthline.
He and his colleagues studied more than 7,000 patients with coronary artery disease, which is caused by plaque buildup and is often seen in older people.
These patients had a variety of vascular conditions, including atherosclerosis, myocardial infarction, coronary artery calcification, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and vascular dementia.
Most of these patients had neck veins, so the researchers examined the function and morphology of these arteries in these patients and found they were about twice as wide and about three times as long as those in the arteries of healthy patients.
The researchers also looked at the size of the veins in the patient’s neck.
In the neck, they found that their veins were about three to four times larger than in the other groups.
So what does this mean for our patients?
“We want to know whether it is possible to get more oxygen in the neck and make the vascular changes necessary to sustain our cardiovascular health,” Zwieg said.
The results are published in the American Journal of Physiology by Zweige and his team.
The study was based on a series of experiments that were carried out in collaboration with Dr. Zhiqiang Wang, a professor at the University of Toronto.
Wang and his co-authors found that, for example, they could use the size and volume of the vascular vessels in the patients’ neck to predict the length of the healthy artery, or vice versa.
In addition, they were able to predict how much oxygen the healthy vascular vessels could provide, and the amount of oxygen they could produce when they did provide oxygen.
These results indicate that we have to take care of our vascular system, and if we do that, we should be able to provide the amount that is required for normal function of our arteries,” Zweiig said.
For more on vascular disease, see the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s news release, “Blood Vessels in the Human Body: What’s the Connection?” and the U,T.