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Should I postpone the surgery if my hemoglobin level is low?

Should I postpone the surgery if my hemoglobin level is low?

Why is it low.: This is an impossible question to answer without more information. How low is it, how old are you, has a physician figured out why it is low, what is the surgery. As you can see this is to complex an issue to any in a forum such as this what you need to do is talk to the surgeon scheduled to do your procedure and come up with a plan. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is a hemoglobin level of 10.9 dangerous? My doctor said she would not clear me for weight loss surgery until I see a hematologist. Why?

Is a hemoglobin level of 10.9 dangerous? My doctor said she would not clear me for weight loss surgery until I see a hematologist. Why?

Anemia: Hi
It isn't dangerous in the sense that it's life threatening. Commonly in young women anemia is due to iron deficiency from blood loss from menstruation. It's very easy to diagnose and treat but there are many other causes for anemia as well. Because there is risk for blood loss during any surgery, it is best to have your levels in the normal range before going to surgery. Hope this helps ...Read more

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I am 18 years old. I had my first period when I was 11. I have always gotten my periods with two month gaps between consecutive periods. I also recently found that my hemoglobin level is low. Is it directly related? Will it affect me in the future? I take

I am 18 years old. I had my first period when I was 11. I have always gotten my periods with two month gaps between consecutive periods. I also recently found that my hemoglobin level is low. Is it directly related? Will it affect me in the future? I take

Tell us more: Please send us the report of your Blood counts (CBC). This will tell me the Hemoglobin (Hb) level and then give you better advice. Do you have a family doctor? What did he/she advice regarding your low Hb? It may be due to iron deficiency which is quite common. But this will require checking your blood Iron level and treat it if it low. Let us know more. ...Read more

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What can cause low hemoglobin level?

What can cause low hemoglobin level?

Variable: There are many. Low iron, b12, Folic Acid etc. Depends on your cbc. ...Read more

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What happens when hemoglobin level drops too low?

What happens when hemoglobin level drops too low?

You die: Miserably. Forgive my frankness. Think about being so short of breath that walking across a room feels like a fat person trying to run a marathon. Plus, every anemia is a warning of hidden disease, very often treatable. Please get managed by a scientific practitioner. ...Read more

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I was told I have hemoglobin level of 98 and iron was a 4 is that very low?

I was told I have hemoglobin level of 98 and iron was a 4 is that very low?

Forgive my frankness: Iron deficiency is extremely serious even if "mild." You need to find the cause and address it. Even if it is heavy periods and not a lot of meat in your diet, it needs to be addressed. You become fatigued and unable to do your best in life even before anemia begins. And you may well have a bleeding stomach ulcer that could kill you with a massive bleed. Get this evaluated. ...Read more

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Hemoglobin level at 14. If you were to have leukemia would your hemoglobin show up to be low?

Hemoglobin level at 14. If you were to have leukemia would your hemoglobin show up to be low?

Not always: Patients with acute leukemia very often will be anemic but someone can have chronic leukemia (cll for example) and have normal hemoglobin. ...Read more

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What causes a low hemoglobin level?

What causes a low hemoglobin level?

Anemia...: Anemia (low hemoglobin) is caused by the body losing blood (heavy periods, blood in stool), red blood cell instability (hemoglobinopathies), destruction (hemolysis), the bodies inability to produce new red blood cells (iron deficiency, for example), or a combination of these. Many causes of anemia are treatable, and some are inherited (sickle cell). Rarer causes include cancer. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of very low hemoglobin level?

What are symptoms of very low hemoglobin level?

Fatigue breathing: When your hemoglobin level falls, you get tiired - the lower it gets, the more fatigued. When it gets really low, you may experience shortness of breath. As it gets even lower, it can cause heart attacks, congestive heart failure, and even clotting off of arteries to the gut, fingers, etc. ...Read more

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Does the low hemoglobin level affect the food appetite?

Does the low hemoglobin level affect the food appetite?

Depends on the cause: Low hemoglobin per se does not affect appetite but low hemoglobin is a symptom of many diseases and drugs. For example, chemotherapy causes loss of appetite and low hb. ...Read more

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Good afternoon, my question is if the 12.3 hemoglobin level not too low?

Good afternoon, my question is if the 12.3 hemoglobin level not too low?

No: Hemoglobin of 12.3 is normal for a women. Women have about 2.0 gm less hemoglobin than men, but manage to have the same oxygen carrying capacity by having higher levels of 2-3 DPG. 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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What does it mean if you have low hematocrit or hemoglobin level?

What does it mean if you have low hematocrit or hemoglobin level?

Anemia: A low hemoglobin or hematocrit means you have anemia. They are different ways to measure the red blood cells in your bloodstream. There are many causes for anemia but they fall into 3 categoreis: increased destruction, decreased production and blood loss. ...Read more

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I am a 24 y/o female, 109lbs. I had a blood test done and my hemoglobin level was 116 (low) what does this mean? How can this be fixed? Will I be okay?

I am a 24 y/o female, 109lbs. I had a blood test done and my hemoglobin level was 116 (low) what does this mean? How can this be fixed? Will I be okay?

Anemic: This means that you are mildly anemic. The most common cause of anemia in young women is iron deficiency due to menstrual blood loss and/or recent pregnancy/delivery of a child. If iron deficiency is found to be the cause of anemia, iron supplementation should correct the problem. ...Read more

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What does a low hemoglobin level mean? I was told that my 3 year old sons hemoglobin is low because he drinks to much milk. Is this true or is something else wrong. And if so what would it possible be?

Blood loss vs iron: Kids who consume more than 24-30 oz of milk/day can experience tiny amounts of blood loss thru the intestine due to irritation caused by the cow milk protein on the gut wall. Smaller amounts or boiled milk, don't seem to cause this problem. Blood loss, paired with the kids avoidance of other iron containing foods leads to low hemoglobin production & anemia.Other causes are also possible. ...Read more

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What is considered a low hemoglobin level in pregnancy?

What is considered a low hemoglobin level in pregnancy?

Thanks for asking!: Pregnant women with hemoglobin levels below 11.0 g/dl are generally considered anemic, though complications and symptoms from anemia during pregnancy do not usually occur until hemoglobin levels are well below 11.0 g/dl. ...Read more

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Can a very low hemoglobin level indicates pregnancy (even before we know if I am pregnant or not, during very early time)?

Can a very low hemoglobin level indicates pregnancy (even before we know if I am pregnant or not, during very early time)?

Hemoglobin level: Hemoglobin level simply help detect anemia. Anemia can have many cause such as iron def anemia, B12 def anemia, etc. Pregnancy also associated with low hemoglobin level due to sharing of blood between mom and the baby. Pregnancy testing by blood is the standard test for confirming pregnancy. So a very low hemoglobin level cannot accurately predict pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can hemoglobin level be low because of previous jaundice history?

Can hemoglobin level be low because of previous jaundice history?

No: Other way around. Certain forms of anemia, those associated with hemolysis (rbc destruction), can result in an elevated bilirubin level producing jaundice. ...Read more