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New techniques for measuring blood volume

The July issue of The American Journal of Medical Sciences presents a special symposium on the measurement and clinical implications of blood volume and its measurement.

The Journal is published by the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation and Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, part of Wolters Kluwer Health, provider of leading healthcare content, context and consulting. With more convenient measurement techniques, testing of blood volume may play a more visible role in the management of medical conditions such as heart failure, syncope (fainting), and others.

The ten papers in the symposium provide timely updates on traditional and newer techniques for measuring blood volume, its role in specific diseases, and key influencing factors-including the role of physical activity in maintaining blood volume with aging, which may help to explain the benefits of physical fitness in preventing cardiovascular disease.

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