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I have sickle cell trait,am I at more of a risk for blood clots or embolism? If so how can I prevent them?

I have sickle cell trait,am I at more of a risk for blood clots or embolism? If so how can I prevent them?

Minor risk: Your greatest danger comes from non-pressurized aircraft and anything else that lowers your oxygen tension substantially. You also need to know that you can't concentrate your urine and retain your sodium as well as other folks, so be careful exercising in the heat. The increased thrombus risk is minimal. Keep your legs active especially on long plane flights. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ball
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Sickle Cell Disease (Definition)

This is a genetic disorder in which hemoglobin is abnormally made., more common in people of african descent. This abnormality causes red blood cells to become stiff and fall apart. This can cause very specific symptoms: pain, pneumonias, strokes, spleen problems, and many other problems. Some have mild disease, some ...Read more


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How can pulmonary embolism kill when active, no family traits, no drugs, smoking are young?

How can pulmonary embolism kill when active, no family traits, no drugs, smoking are young?

Extent of disease: Death from pulmonary embolism is related to the degree and extent of the clots in the lung . If greater than 50% of the pulmonary arteries are acutely occluded by blood clots the risk for death dramatically rises. Contributing factors also include delay in establishing the diagnosis. ...Read more

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If your a marathon walker, no family traits, don't smoke, do drugs, drink & are healthy how can you die of pulmonary embolism?

If your a marathon walker, no family traits, don't smoke, do drugs, drink & are healthy how can you die of pulmonary embolism?

Hypercoagulable stat: Even a brief period of inactivity (long flight) , dehydration and a blood chemistry conducible( eg a hypercoagulable blood disorder) can cause you toform clots and subsequently a pe. ...Read more

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Can sickle cell trait cause health issues? What kind?

Can sickle cell trait cause health issues? What kind?

Sickle trait: Sickle trait means one copy of hemoglobin carries the mutation for sickle cell disease and the other copy is unaffected. Most people with sickle trait are unaffected by this. For athletes with sickle trait, it is essential to keep well hydrated. See http://www.Cdc.Gov/ncbddd/sicklecell/traits.Html for good recommendations. ...Read more

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Can the sickle cell trait cause fetal distress?

Can the sickle cell trait cause fetal distress?

Yes: In a study from the 90's, fetal distress in labour was seen in 17% and 11.5% were delivered by emergency caesarean section. Compared with a comparable group of women without sickle cell trait, the mean birthweight of the babies (3202 g) was not reduced. The main maternal complications were recurrent urinary tract infections (6%) and haematuria (16.5%). ...Read more

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Will a blood transfusion cause the sickle cell trait?

Will a blood transfusion cause the sickle cell trait?

No. : Blood transfusions will not cause sickle trait. Sickle trait is an inherited disease. You will get it from one of your parents. ...Read more

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What is the cause of sickle cell trait?

It is inherited: Hemoglobin (HGB) is a complicated chemical that is in the red blood cells and carries oxygen. We inherit one gene from each parent that makes one of the parts of HGB called beta chains. If we inherit a sickle beta chain gene from one parent and a normal beta chain gene from the other, we have sickle trait. If we inherit a sickle beta chain gene from both parents, we have sickle cell anemia. ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Embolus (Definition)

Usually a blood clot that migrates from one area of the body to another. Most commonly a clot from a leg vein to the lung . It can also pertain to a clot, or atheromatous material that moves from one segment to another, such as cholesterol material in a carotid lesion moving into the ...Read more


Sickle Cell Carrier (Definition)

Sickle cell trait is a genetic condition where a person has one gene copy for the abnormal hemoglobin protein. Having two gene copies would cause red blood cells ...Read more