A 43-year-old member asked:
what does it mean if you have low hematocrit or hemoglobin level?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Ernest Block answered
34 years experience Trauma Surgery
It depends : Basically, the hematocrit is a volume percentage of red cells in whole blood (the other parts being primarily plasma, white cells and platelets). Low or high hematocrits could indicate disease processes; however abnormal levels are not uniformly something to worry about.
Answered on Nov 23, 2019
Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein answered
29 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Anemia: A low hemoglobin or hematocrit means you have anemia. They are different ways to measure the red blood cells in your bloodstream. There are many causes for anemia but they fall into 3 categoreis: increased destruction, decreased production and blood loss.
Answered on Mar 20, 2019
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