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What is isadvantage of blood donation?

What is isadvantage of blood donation?

Blood donation: Most of the benefit is for the recipient of your blood and that in itself is a benefit. However, sometimes if your blood count is high, donating blood can make your blood less viscous (thick) and therefore beneficial to circulation. ...Read more

Dr. Christine Hom
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Heavy Metals Panel Blood (Definition)

Heavy metals are common metals that can cause poisoning in humans. The most common example is lead, which is a big threat to children. Other metals encountered at work places can also be a problem: cadmium, arsenic, gold, mercury. A heavy metals test panel is a blood (or urine) test that assays for the ...Read more


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How do I restore from a blood donation faster?

How do I restore from a blood donation faster?

Blood donation: You don' have to do special effort. Nature or your body makes it up. 2million red cells are produced in a second. For volume or plasma loss, you can drink plenty of water, juices, soups or liquids. Thanks. ...Read more

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What are the types of blood donation frequency?

What are the types of blood donation frequency?

Unclear Q, but...: Whole blood donation is every 56 days. A pheresis machine can collect 2 units of red blood cells at one time, returning other components--this can be done every 112 days (2x as long as single). Other pheresis donations can be for plasma or platelets, and they have much shorter interval periods (may be 3-7 days). Talk to the Red Cross for more information. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of blood donation gone wrong?

What are symptoms of blood donation gone wrong?

Now or Later?: While donating, person can get sweaty, nausea, dizzy...and may vomit or faint--a stress reaction to needle poke. Later, vessel can get tender, hard, red--can indicate thrombophlebitis--irritation/clot in area or (tiny) potential for infection. Reactions VERY uncommon. A VERY safe procedure and highly encouraged! ...Read more

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Which sort of foods should I eat before a blood donation?

Which sort of foods should I eat before a blood donation?

~1hr before...: ...A light snack and prehydrate with about 1/2-1 liter of your preferred beverage. Shouldn't donate w/full stomach w/heavy meal, as may get nausea just as likely as if on empty stomach. Few days before, iron-rich foods (red meat if so inclined), dark greens, good nutritious food so body has what it will need to start to replace lost unit. Continue after for 1-2 days while replenishing loss. ...Read more

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What to do if I have blood donation question (please help!)?

What to do if I have blood donation question (please help!)?

Search or ask: Just as with this question--ask it. There are many blood donation related questions already posted/answered, you might start with reviewing some of them to see if your answer is already waiting for you--if not, just pose the question and we'll answer it! ...Read more

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How long should I wait to exercise after giving a blood donation?

How long should I wait to exercise after giving a  blood donation?

Two days!: Minimum time to increase plasma volume which determines cardiac output. However, your bloods oxygen carrying capacity will be diminshed for several weeks, giving you a slight decremetal performance. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are good things to eat prior to blood donation?

~1hr before...: ...A light snack and prehydrate with about 1/2-1 liter of your preferred beverage. Shouldn't donate w/full stomach w/heavy meal, as may get nausea just as likely as if on empty stomach. Few days before, iron-rich foods (red meat if so inclined), dark greens, good nutritious food so body has what it will need to start to replace lost unit. Continue after for 1-2 days while replenishing loss. ...Read more

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I haven't slept since more than 18 hours And I have to make blood donation , Is that okey ??

I haven't slept since  more than 18 hours And I have to make blood donation , Is that okey ??

Yes: Thanks for donating. When I was a young doctor, I would donate tired or not. Don't drive after if you do not feel safe. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if something abnormal showed up in your pint blood donation, would the nhs contact you?

Could you tell me if something abnormal showed up in your pint blood donation, would the nhs contact you?

Red Cross sends ltr,: Advising you of abnormality, often identifying it or at least narrowing it down, and directing you to your dr for further evaluation as indicated. ...Read more

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If blood donation is good for health?

If blood donation is good for health?

Yes!: Donating blood is one of the best things men can do for their health. This is because iron is a pro-oxidant, increasing risk of heart disease & cancer. Donating blood reduces our iron load. One study found men who donate blood once a year had an 88% lower risk of heart attack! it also lowers risk of several types of cancer! see http://blog.Lef.Org/2010/07/health-benefits-from-donating-blood.Html. ...Read more

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When can I masturbate after a blood donation?

When can I masturbate after a blood donation?

Wait until at home: That does not count as the "strenuous activity" you are instructed to avoid, and while intercourse best allowed 4-8 hours to recuperate, no specific time out for self. Might try to not over-flex arm with dressing on it to be sure it doesn't "leak." ...Read more

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Is it okay to take a iron pill befor giving a blood donation?

Is it okay to take a iron pill befor giving a blood donation?

It's OK, but...: ...why are you taking iron? If it's because you have been diagnosed with iron-deficiency anemia (or probably any kind of anemia), you may not be suitable as a blood donor. Ask the blood bank. In any case, taking iron soon before donating won't have any effect on donation safety or use of your blood. Thanks for considering being a donor: you're doing a good thing. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to exercise after an apheresis blood donation?

Not long: It might be recommended to wait a few hours to let the puncture site heal a bit and rehydrate, but usually no more than that needed for light exercise. ...Read more

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When donating blood is it better to do a whole blood donation or apheresis?

Apheresis: Is associated with less dizziness since they give you some of the blood volume back so you may feel a bit better vs whole blood donation. ...Read more

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Haemoglobin levels 13.6 for blood donation is that too high female 21 years?

Haemoglobin levels 13.6 for blood donation is that too high female 21 years?

No: Depending on the lab, normal hemoglobin levels are anywhere from 12 - 15, give or take 1 or two. ...Read more

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How long am i suppose to wait to exercise after giving an apheresis blood donation?

Usually next day OK: The phlebotomist / nurse will instruct you as you are being bandaged at the end of the process to avoid tobacco for a few hours, alcohol for the day, heavy lifting (--or strenuous activity--) for 8 hours or until the next day, etc. If you will be using your arms a lot, might be wise to put a bandaid over puncture site, but should be ok by next day. ...Read more

Blood Clot (Definition)

A blood clot or thrombus is the final step of the coagulation cascade. It is a good thing when your body is trying to stop blood loss, however a blood clot can form in the veins after prolonged periods of immobility. This type of like ...Read more


Dr. Donald Alves
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Blood Donation (Definition)

Blood donation is the act of giving ones blood to a blood bank, so that it may be used in the future to help someone else. People with transmissible viral diseases, such as HIV or hepatitis C, are not able to donate blood, as ...Read more