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How serious is polycythemia vera?

How dangerous is polycythemia vera? My husband has been diagnosed, he is 62, previous heart attack , easily fatigued, etc. From my reading I find it is everything from manageable to fatal.
Fri, 4 Nov 2011
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  Anonymous's Response
I have the same question as a 21 yo female who was recently diagnosed. I have been feeling okay and controlling it with daily baby aspirin and occasional phlebotomy, but I am still concerned with its potential long-term effects. People often talk of life expectancies, but I assume/hope that they are based on the median age of the disease. Is this correct? (ps - no heart attack here, just a history of Hodgkin's and fatigue)
General & Family Physician Dr. Prakash Kumar Gupta's  Response
Hello and welcome to Health Care Magic Forum ,polucythemia vera is an immunological disorder ,but spread of the disease varies from person to person
After assessing the patient’s general condition it is possible to give opinion wether it can be fatal or not ,please take consultation
With cardiologist for better opinion,take care
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