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Dr. Aasim Sehbai Dr. Sehbai
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
20 years in practice
University of the Punjab, Rawalpindi Medical College
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Dr. Charles Zaroulis Dr. Zaroulis
Internal Medicine - Hematology
52 years in practice
University of Virginia School of Medicine
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Dr. Alvin Lin Dr. Lin
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
26 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Cause of increase in resting HR in an athlete? Elevated w rest and activity. Already tested for thyroid anemia. Not dehydrated. Ekg normal? 17 yrs

Cause of increase in resting HR in an athlete? Elevated w rest and activity. Already tested for thyroid anemia. Not dehydrated. Ekg normal? 17 yrs

Overtraining: Aerobic fitness is normally associated w/lower resting heart rate. Check out http://www. Acefitness. Org/acefit/healthy-living-article/60/493/what-does-overtraining-mean which mentions elevated resting HR as one manifestation of overtraining wherein you don't give yourself enough time to recover. This is diagnosis of exclusion after making sure you're otherwise healthy, as your doc has already done.

Dr. Rashed Hasan Dr. Hasan
Pediatrics - Critical Care
30 years in practice
King Saud University College of Medicine
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Having blood work to check kidney function and anemia. Can dehydration affect results of test or will results be the same whether I'm hydrated or not?

Having blood work to check kidney function and anemia. Can dehydration affect results of test or will results be the same whether I'm hydrated or not?

Blood tests: Yes, dehydration will give different results compared to when you are well hydrated. For instance one the kidney tests (BUN) can be elevated and so will the hemoglobin if you are dehydrated. However, the increase is often minimal and serum creatinine [Cr] (another measure of kidney function) is often within normal limits. Also, the ratio of BUN/Cr of > 20 in adults suggests dehydration

Dr. Dariush Saghafi Dr. Saghafi
Neurology
29 years in practice
Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine
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I have POTS + chronic GI bleeding w/normal RBC. Could dehydration mask anemia? I don't drink much b/c worsens diarrhea + causes constant peeing.

I have POTS + chronic GI bleeding w/normal RBC. Could dehydration mask anemia? I don't drink much b/c worsens diarrhea + causes constant peeing.

Usually Not-: We're pretty good at picking up details such as higher than expected red cell counts due to things such as dehydration or other causes that could raise counts to be artificially high. We look at parameters such as urine specific gravity, orthostatic pressures, reactive markers that can be triggered in dehydration and anemia as well as something called the RDW which elevates during anemic periods.

Dr. Michael Dugan Dr. Dugan
Internal Medicine - Hematology
years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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Dr. Joel Gallant Dr. Gallant
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
32 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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Hr 75 laying, 120 when up! Feels muscle weakness and lightheaded, off balance. No anemia, no thyroid prob., no dehydration, EKG normal, no diabetes :/?

Hr 75 laying, 120 when up! Feels muscle weakness and lightheaded, off balance. No anemia, no thyroid prob., no dehydration, EKG normal, no diabetes :/?

Orthostatic: If you heart rate increases that much when you sit up, the most common cause is dehydration. There are other less common causes, including adrenal insufficiency and autonomic neuropathy. You should see a doctor.

Dr. Ira Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology
38 years in practice
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
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Blood test neg. For diabetes, hypoglicemia, anemia or thyroid problems. Healthy EKG. Always lightheaded, dizzy and anxious. Maybe dehydration?

Blood test neg. For diabetes, hypoglicemia, anemia or thyroid problems. Healthy EKG. Always lightheaded, dizzy and anxious. Maybe dehydration?

To differentiate: Your dizziness diagnosis it would be useful to know your blood pressure and pulse rate lying, sitting and standing. This could help to determine dehydration from other autonomic dysfunction issues or inner ear problems. Ask a health care professional to evaluate and treat you for these symptoms before you have a pass out spell and hurt yourself.

Dr. Larry Lutwick Dr. Lutwick
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
45 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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I'd like to know why I have anemia since more than 20 years ago?

I'd like to know why I have anemia since more than 20 years ago?

Anemia: Correctly diagnosing the cause of chronic anemia requires a detailed medical history, and numerous laboratory tests may also be necessary. Rarely a bone marrow exam and/or genetic testing may be needed. See a hematologist.

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Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Which type of anemia? M.C.V=76 fL, M.C.H=25.7 pg, R.D.W=14.8 % (67years old woman)

Which type of anemia? M.C.V=76 fL, M.C.H=25.7 pg, R.D.W=14.8 % (67years old woman)

Microcytic: Probably. Lab values mean nothing in the absence of clinical data.

Dr. Tara Passow Dr. Passow
Dermatology
36 years in practice
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
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Any symptoms of anemia?

Fatigue: Fatigue is a common symptom of anemia. It can be harder to exercise and shortness of breath may come from anemia.

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Dr. Susan Wingo Dr. Wingo
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
29 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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How is anemia measured?

How is anemia measured?

Two measurements: The first measurement is hemoglobin (oxygen-carrying protein inside red blood cells). This is reported as grams per 100 ml (g/dl). Values <12 (14 for men) are considered anemic. The second is hematocrit. This indicates the % of volume of blood taken up by red blood cells. Values <36 (42 for men) are considered anemic. Note: different labs might have slightly differing normal ranges.

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Dr. Michael Engel Dr. Engel
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
16 years in practice
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
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Can you die from anemia?

Can you die from anemia?

Yes, depending on. .: Severity and intervention. Hematocrits can fall to where o2 delivery is insufficient to support organ function, particularly the heart, which must work even harder due to severe anemia. Death can occur. If anemia develops slowly, patients can compensate to even very low hematocrits, but then precipitously decompensate. In contrast, rapid development may preclude compensation w/ grave consequences.

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Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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What would cause anemia.

Hundreds of causes: It takes me an hour as a medical school lecturer just to basically rattle off the list. Heads up -- if you are iron deficient and eat a reasonable amount of meat (despite the disinformation, vegetables are poor in iron), you're likely losing blood possibly into the gut from serious disease. Don't let them miss it. Any physician can begin the anemia workup. Good luck.

Dr. Agos Luca Dr. Luca
Pathology
years in practice
Institute of Medicine and Pharmacy in Tirgu-Mures
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I need advice for anemia?

I need advice for anemia?

Type ; cause: It is very important to know what kind of anemia and what causes it. Iron deficiency is one of the main causes but there are others: vitamin b12/folate deficiency, chronic disease like infection or cancer, genetic conditions, certain medications, toxins, etc. Consulting with your doctor or a hematologist for proper testing and diagnosis is a must before starting any treatment.

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Dr. Michael Dugan Dr. Dugan
Internal Medicine - Hematology
years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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Dr. Michael Dugan Dr. Dugan
Internal Medicine - Hematology
years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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I have anemia is it bad?

I have anemia is it bad?

In an otherwise: Healthy 18 yo it is unlikely to be serious. The cause will need to be sorted out to make a plan.

Dr. RAJESH Sehgal Dr. Sehgal
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
17 years in practice
Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Government Medical College, Amritsar
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Help me understand anemia?

Simple yet complex: Anemia is as simple as having low hemoglobin and as complex as a full big speciality. It depends what your CBC loos like.

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood ...Read more