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What Does This Blood Report Indicate?

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Posted on Mon, 17 Oct 2016
Question: Hi I am a 30 year smoker age 44 just got blood test back red blood count 5.23, hemoglobin 16.3, Hematocrit 48.8. What is my Prognosis and will I need to do bloodletting
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Answered by Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis (16 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
your hematocrit is a little higher than usual

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

your hematocrit is a little higher than usual. Smokers tend to have higher values due to lower oxygen usage. This is not an emergency though and you shouldn't worry too much. Make sure that you get clinical examination by your doctor and a repeat measurement after a couple of months. If the clinical examination is normal and the repeat measurement provides similar results then this is probably due to genes and smoking... No need for bloodletting...

I hope it helps!
Kind Regards!
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What Does This Blood Report Indicate?

Brief Answer: your hematocrit is a little higher than usual Detailed Answer: Hello, your hematocrit is a little higher than usual. Smokers tend to have higher values due to lower oxygen usage. This is not an emergency though and you shouldn't worry too much. Make sure that you get clinical examination by your doctor and a repeat measurement after a couple of months. If the clinical examination is normal and the repeat measurement provides similar results then this is probably due to genes and smoking... No need for bloodletting... I hope it helps! Kind Regards!