CARLO BERETTA-PICCOLI, M.D.
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To the editor: The paper by Reisin and associates (1) suggests that the "reduction in arterial pressure after weight loss may be explained hemodynamically by lower total circulating and central blood volumes." In normal and hypertensive humans, total blood volume is closely related to body weight (2); variations in body weight must therefore be accompanied by parallel variations in total blood volume. The question is whether the decrease in total blood volume seen in association with a decrease in body weight represents only the physiologic response of this variable or whether in adipose patients weight loss may be associated with
BERETTA-PICCOLI C. Blood Volume Changes After Weight Reduction. Ann Intern Med. ;99:568. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-99-4-568_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;99(4):568.
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