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A 20-year-old female asked:

I suffer from rapid heart rate due to graves' disease and i take propranolol, can i still donate blood?

4 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 45 years experience
Unlikely: I would think that the elevated levels of thyroid hormone alone would be a significant contraindication, but i'm not a blood bank expert and can't say for sure. Donating blood would not pose a serious risk to you, yourself.
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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
Probably: Unless you have a chronic transmissible infection or bleeding disorder, there is no contraindication to blood donation simply due to the graves disease. I would discuss this with the local blood bank though just for confirmation.
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Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Allergy and Immunology 30 years experience
Yes: You should be able to donate blood if your blood pressure is stable.
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Dr. Eric Shore
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
Other issues: The graves disease may not be a major issue, but any medication you take might. Check with the bod bank to find out.
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Last updated Aug 24, 2013

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