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Does a high white blood cell count lead to heart problems?

Does a high white blood cell count lead to heart problems?

No: Aka WBC is a general nonspecific blood test that informs function of your immune cells. A high white count tells that there's some sort of inflammatory condition in your body ranging from infections to malignancies. So the answer is no. ...Read more

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Dr. Irv Loh
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I am 51 , have a high white blood cell count, with far to much iron in my blood i also have a heart rate of 120. I now have a pain under my left rib?

I am 51 , have a high white blood cell count, with far to much iron in my blood i also have a heart rate of 120.  
I now have a pain under my left rib?

Concerning.: You mention some concerning things, not all of them could be related. First, your heart rate of 120 is not a normal resting heart rate. If you're taking your pulse at home and it's this high, and you're having new pain under your left rib, this is enough for me to say you need to get yourself to the ed now to be evaluated. Based on your description alone you need further workup. ...Read more

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How can one deal with high heart rate and high red blood cell count?

How can one deal with high heart rate and high red blood cell count?

High HR & RBC count: Consult your primary care doctor to find the cause & treat that. ...Read more

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I have slightly high heart rate and higher than normal red. Could second hand smoking contribute to high red blood cell count?

I have slightly high heart rate and higher than normal red. Could second hand smoking contribute to high red blood cell count?

Chronic lung disease: Second hand smoking can cause chronic lung diseases. Chronic lung diseases can stimulate the bone marrow to make more red blood cells to compensate for a chronic hypoxia status. So yes, you can have high red blood cell count in this case. ...Read more

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My white blood cell count was 6.25... Is this normal or low? Is it okay to take prednisone for poison ivy with this WBC count?

  My white blood cell count was 6.25... Is this normal or low? Is it okay to take prednisone for poison ivy with this WBC count?

You're fine: Normal WBC. I trust lymphocyte and neutrophil counts were fine also. Take the prenisone for the poison ivy only if it's so bad you can't sleep otherwise. We're glad to help. ...Read more

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Can high white blood cell count be a sign of a thyroid problem?

See below: It would be unusual for this to occur rarely hashimoto's thyroiditis is associated with a high WBC but this is uncommon. ...Read more

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What if all symptoms lead to appendicitis but the white blood cell count isn't elevated, but all other symptoms are there?

What if all symptoms lead to appendicitis but the white blood cell count isn't elevated, but all other symptoms are there?

.: Appendicitis by definition is an active infection/ inflammation which showed be associated with elevated wbc. In the situation of normal WBC this might be a gynecology related problem, gastroenteritis, constipation or in rare situations an early appendicitis. Since you have all the symptoms of appendicitis, i urge you to be evaluated by your pcp or at the ed. A ct scan might be required. Good luck. ...Read more

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My husband has colon cancer, his tumor and section of colon were removed yesterday. He has an elevated white blood cell count but no fever. Problem?

My husband has colon cancer, his tumor and section of colon were removed yesterday. He has an elevated white blood cell count but no fever. Problem?

See below: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, the elevated white cell count is likely a normal reaction to the trauma of surgery. If he has fever, discharge from the surgical site, pain at the surgical site, then you should consult your doctor promptly. ...Read more

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What are some inflammatory diseases? I am always inflamed everywhere. I have a high white blood cell count as well.

What are some inflammatory diseases? I am always inflamed everywhere. I have a high white blood cell count as well.

What Symptoms?: How high is your white cell count? What if any symptoms do you have? Do you have fever? Have you had unintended weight loss? If answer to all of these is no, you may not have any disorder. If you have symptoms, it would be prudent to see a doctor. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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What does a high white blood cell count and high platelet count mean?

Hematology workup: The elevation of these 2 parameters of the CBC (complete blood count) may reflect infection or inflammation. However, depending on the chronicity and extent of rise, it may also be associated with bone marrow problems such as myeloproliferative diseases. I suggest a hematology consultation and workup to sort out the underlying cause(s). ...Read more

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A question: what causes a high platelet count along with a high white blood cell count at the same time?

A question: what causes a high platelet count along with a high white blood cell count at the same time?

Reactive or ?: The CBC (complete blood count) consists of many lab numbers, but 3 important ones are the hemoglobin (hgb, a measure of red cells), white blood cell count (WBC) and platelet (plt) count. Wbc and plts may both increase as a result of a reaction such as infection (eg pneumonia), inflammation (arthritis), etc. If prolonged and/or very high it may indicate a bone marrow problem. ...Read more

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Is 14000 a high white blood cell count for. 12 year old female. She is weak and I am concerned but the er is sending her home.

Is 14000 a high white blood cell count for. 12 year old female.  She is weak and I am concerned but the er is sending her home.

Not specifically: The single level of 14K on a white count is not enough information to know if the issue is minor or not.It is not particularly high, and could reflect a stress reaction to any stress that took you to the ER. Proper evaluation and treatment requires a history and exam. With that in hand, they are more likely to make a proper assessment. Discuss this with the doc/staff. ...Read more

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My man had a semen analysis done they wouldn't say if he was infertile or not they just said he has a high white blood cell count what does that mean?

My man had a semen analysis done they wouldn't say if he was infertile or not they just said he has a high white blood cell count what does that mean?

Infection: First of all you need to be told all of the results of the test, such as the counts, morphology, viability, motility and volume results. Wbcs in the specimen may suggest prostate infection and this can affect sperm count and quality. You need more information. ...Read more

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I have a high white blood cell count and low potassium and severe fatigue what does that point to?

I have a high white blood cell count and low potassium and severe fatigue what does that point to?

All are nonspecific: Neither the lab results taken together or separately point to a particular pathology. Can you share additional detail so we can personalize the answer you seek? ...Read more

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What symptoms are often associated with a high white blood cell count?

Depends on reason: High white blood cell (WBC) count is the body's response to physical stress or infection. Symptoms (eg fever) generally are from the underlying cause of high WBC rather than from the high WBC itself. Reasons for elevated WBC can include infection, blood/bone marrow disorder, cancer, and treatment with steroids like prednisone. Sometimes, a WBC may be somewhat high with no clear reason or symptom. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have a high white blood cell count in your urine?

What does it mean when you have a high white blood cell count in your urine?

WBCs in urine: WBC's in the urine are commonly associated with infection or inflammation of the urinary tract. Urine infection (UTI), kidney infection (pyelonephritis), and kindey stones are common causes. Inflammation of the bladder wall (cystitis) is also common. Less common causes are things like nephrotic syndromes and allergic interstitial nephritis. ...Read more

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I wondering, but why is a high white blood cell count consistent with cancer?

It isn't: Most people with cancer have normal white cell counts. Elevated white cell counts are frequently seen in patients with leukemia/lymphoma but most cancer patients don't have elevated white cell counts. People with cancer can be prone to develop infection which can lead to elevated white cell count but this isn't truly from the cancer but rather the infection/inflammation. ...Read more

White Blood Cell (Definition)

Body blood cell that responds to inflamation or infection or ...Read more