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High haemocrit levels related to cigar smoking - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi. will cigar smoking -- one a day-- raise my hemaocrit level significantly?
Doctor :   hello
User :   my HT level is 53 up from 46 two years ago. will one cigar a day raise the level that much?
Doctor :   may i know your age and gender ?
User :   male 56
Doctor :   well i am sorry to say that smoking cigar has NO effect on your hemocrit
Doctor :   there is no way it will cause an increase
User :   thank you for that.
User :   is 53 a dangerous level?
Doctor :   One's hematocrit is pretty much genetically determined, with a few factors thrown in. The main one is altitude (oxygen tension, or partial pressure). The kidneys have "sensors" that measure O2 availability. Anything that lowers the level of oxygen in the blood, or it's ability to be used by tissues, will stimulate Epo production and the corresponding rise in hematocrit.
User :   I am very active. I excise harder than the 20 and 30 year olds for the past 3 years straight
Doctor :   Higher than normal hematocrit levels can be seen in people living at high altitudes and in chronic smokers
User :   my doctor says it cant be the exercise but he does not know that I exercise at a professional level.
Doctor :   Dehydration produces a falsely high hematocrit that disappears when proper fluid balance is restored
User :   I am not dehydrated thank you
Doctor :   nomal for your age is 42%-54%
Doctor :   you are in the slight upper range but nothing serious
User :   Nothing serious. thank you for your feedback.
Doctor :   yes you are absolutely fine
Doctor :   your most welcoem
User :   have a great day.
Doctor :   welcome *
Doctor :   you too thanks
Doctor :   bye
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