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Can blood donation reduce high blood pressure?

Can blood donation reduce high blood pressure?

No: High blood pressure or hypertension is not caused by excessive volume of blood in the body. Therefore donating blood usually has no effect on one's blood pressure. ...Read more

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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


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Could blood type matter when donating white blood cells?

Could blood type matter when donating white blood cells?

No: Blood group type does not matter for donation. The donor and recipient need to be compatible. 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. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. 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. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Can blood donation lower down blood pressure?

Can blood donation lower down blood pressure?

Yes: But only for a short time (for hours) and should drink water or have some salty food afterward. ...Read more

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Why tatto prevents from blood donating?

Why tatto prevents from blood donating?

See below: Hep b and hep c are a concern especially if the tatteo was made before 96. ...Read more

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How is blood collected for a blood transfusion?

How is blood collected for a blood transfusion?

IV bag: Blood is collected by IV into a specialized, sealed, sterile plastic bag containing an anti-coagulant. It is then refrigerated (after blood typing and testing for infections) until needed. The shelf life is 21-35 days depending on the preservative used (anti-coagulant). ...Read more

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Can donating blood lower someone's bilirubin level?

Can donating blood lower someone's bilirubin level?

Not significantly: And if you are having a liver problem or otherwise to have an elevated bilirubin, not best time to donate blood--as recipients are generally very ill. ...Read more

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Where can I donatel blood platelets?

Where can I donatel blood platelets?

Red Cross!: First, THANK YOU! for donating platelets. You can telephone your local red cross to find out where a donation center with apheresis capability is located. ...Read more

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How are automated blood collection and whole blood donation different?

Apheresis: Abc (aka apheresis) uses a highly sophisticated separation/filtration process to allow specific blood components to be collected (like platelets, plasma, red blood cells) from a donor while returning the un-needed components. Whole blood donation, as its name suggests, collects all blood component parts, which will be later separated and used to care for up to 4 patients from 1 donation. ...Read more

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Does donating blood plasma lower your immune system ?

Does donating blood plasma lower your immune system ?

Not really: You have trillions of cells...we were designed to survive the occasional loss of a few (or few million). Your body compensates rapidly and replaces them. ...Read more

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My blood transfusion for anemia ?

My blood transfusion for anemia ?

It depends: Normally blood transfusions are a temporary fix to bring your blood count up. Treatment for the cause of the anemia is more important. You need to discuss with your provider to determine why you became anemic ...Read more

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Do plasma donation banks make mistakes with blood?

Do plasma donation banks make mistakes with blood?

Of course...: Everything human will have mistakes. So, the answer to the question, "Do people make mistakes?", is always yes. The real question is, "How likely would a mistake be in this particular situation?" Fortunately, blood banks rarely make mistakes, because they use multiple safeguards, and they know a mistake can be fatal. ...Read more

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How does white blood cell donation?

The approach: Us to give WBC stimulating factor (neupogen) and then collect cells with a procedure called leukaphoresis. It takes several hours. ...Read more

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Can someone donate blood stem cells?

Can someone donate blood stem cells?

Not Really: Adult stem cells are only good for that individual only. Stem cells from other people can cause an immune response to reject the cells and can cause major harm to the body. ...Read more

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Hematologist, are blood transfusions dangerous?

Hematologist, are blood transfusions dangerous?

Mostly no: A properly done blood transfusion is not dangerous. There are possibilities of problems, but they are rare and it is best to ask about them before you sign the consent form to receive blood. ...Read more

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How blood banks work.?

How blood banks work.?

Very well: Blood banks are highly certified. They take your blood, screen you by questions and then do multiply tests on the blood to insure safety. They store the blood, process the blood and use blood in many ways to provide the blood and blood products needed by hospitals nationwide to save llives by the minute. Give and give often. It's the gift of life! ...Read more

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Help can blood type matter when donating white blood cells?

Help can blood type matter when donating white blood cells?

No: You blood type does not affect the donation process. Type O blood is generally in greater demand as O red cells can be given to almost all patients. ...Read more

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How healthy is blood transfusion?

How healthy is blood transfusion?

59 deaths in 2013: Acute reactions include: hemolytic;febrile, non-hemolytic;bacterial contamination;allergic / anaphylaxis; ransfusion-related acute lung injury (trali) transfusion-associated circulatory overload (taco) chronic reactions include: hemolytic; transfusion associated graft vs. Host disease (ta-gvhd);platelet refractoriness;post transfusion purpura;infectious disease;iron overload. ...Read more

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How soon can you donate plasma after donating blood?

How soon can you donate plasma after donating blood?

56 days: Whole blood donation starts the 8 week donation time-out. Plasma or platelet donations have much shorter intervals, but whole blood is 56 days. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why won't a blood donation lower your blood pressure?

I'm wondering why won't a blood donation lower your blood pressure?

Blood donation: The amount of BP that is taken out during blood donation is small amount compared to your total blood pool. It is not going to cause any significant hemodynamic changes in majority of the donors. Human body rapids adjusts to those low volume changes through homeostatic mechanisms. Hence it is not going to drop bp. ...Read more