Magnets could prevent heart attacks by thinning the blood as effectively as aspirin

People at risk of heart attacks are often prescribed aspirin to thin the blood, but now scientists believe that MAGNETS could one day be used instead.

Scientists at Temple University in Michigan found that a device that uses a magnetic field to thin fuel, can have the same effect on human blood. Professor Rongjia Tao pioneered the use of electric or magnetic fields to decrease the viscosity of oil in engines in 2008. He realised that this could work on our own circulation system in a similar way.

Because red blood cells contain iron, Tao has been able to reduce a person's blood viscosity (resistance to flow) by 20-30 per cent by subjecting it to a magnetic field for about one minute. The field measured 1.3 Telsa which is about the same as an MRI machine. After testing numerous blood samples in a laboratory, Tao found that the magnetic field polarises the red blood cells causing them to link together in short chains, streamlining the movement of the blood.

As these chains are larger than the single blood cells, they flow down the centre, reducing the friction against the walls of the blood vessels. The combined effects reduce the viscosity of the blood, helping it to flow more freely.

Source - Daily Mail


3 comments:

  1. How interesting. I hope there's more research into this... and magnets per se. I use them on injury's and would recommend them to all.
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  2. Anonymous9:16 pm

    Except that this experiment was performed in a test-tube that was perfectly aligned with a magnetic field of the kind of strength that you only get from a MRI scanner. You do know how big and powerful those things are, right?

    It's beyond absurd and totally unrealistic to believe that anything like this effect can be obtained using the strength and style of magnet used in magnetic healing/therapy.

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  3. Thanks anon! It's great to have other opinions and I didn't know that!
    I still think it's an interesting area worthy of some further (good!) research.
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