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What could cause low MCV and high RDW but normal MCH, hemoglobin, and hematocrit for over a year?

What could cause low MCV and high RDW but normal MCH, hemoglobin, and hematocrit for over a year?

How low?: Reference ranges are set so that several percent of healthy folks fall outside on either end. If your peripheral smear is unremarkable and the MCV above 70, I'd forget the whole thing. My RDW is always high from donating blood. There are some variants of thalassemia minor that will produce this and puzzle people over a lifetime, though MCH is usually lowish. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Werner
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Congestive Heart Failure (Definition)

Congestive heart failure, otherwise known simply as heart failure, is a condition in which the heart muscle is weakened. It may be receiving inadequate blood flow, its valves might be malfunctioning or the heart muscle might have thickened or stiffened. As a result, the heart, which is a pump, cannot supply the body with sufficent oxygen and nutrients. When the left side of the heart is damaged, fluid builds up in the lungs, which results in difficulty breathing. When the right side of the heart is affected, fluid builds up in the extremities and abdomen, resulting in swelling of the legs and poor absorption of nutrients due to ...Read more


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Why would a patient's hemoglobin and hematocrit be elevated if he or she has chf?

Why would a patient's hemoglobin and hematocrit be elevated if he or she has chf?

Treatment effect: In point of fact, someone with untreated CHF will have a lower h&h. These measurementa go up with "hemoconcentration" which reflects the volume contracting effects of treatment for chf. Bottom-line: in the absence of an unrelated cause, elevated h&h reflect treatment, not disease. ...Read more

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Why would hemoglobin and hematocrit be low in a COPD patients?

Why would hemoglobin and hematocrit be low in a COPD patients?

Another illness: Anemia of chronic disease does not occur as a result of common emphysema / chronic bronchitis (the usual copd). If such a person is also anemia, another cause should be sought. Anything from being an vegetarian who doesn't know how to supplement to losing blood from an undiagnosed stomach cancer can be the cause. COPD is hard enough with an undiagnosed cause of anemia. Thanks for writing. ...Read more

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Please explain the low level of hemoglobin and hematocrit in patients with myocardial infarction?

Please explain the low level of hemoglobin and hematocrit in patients with myocardial infarction?

Anemia and MI: Many patients that have a heart attack have normal hemoglobin and hematocrit. However if a patient does have anemia and coronary artery disease then the anemia can make it more likely that they have a heart attack. This is because with anemia the heart and body are not getting proper oxygen and this puts a strain on the heart and can result in heart attack. ...Read more

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Can patient with Polycythemia vera have normal hemoglobin and hematocrit count but abnormal JAK2 result ? what is definitive test for PV ?

Can patient with Polycythemia vera have normal hemoglobin and   hematocrit count but abnormal JAK2 result ? what is definitive test for PV ?

See below: There is more than one factor that needs to be taken into consideration. High hemoglobin, low erthyropoietin and JACK 2 all need to be looked at. You may consult this site for more information on this topic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/polycythemia-vera/basics/definition/con-20031013 ...Read more

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Please explain why is it that the rbc, hemoglobin and hematocrit level of a patient with congenital heart disease is decreased?

Please explain why is it that the rbc, hemoglobin and hematocrit level of a patient with congenital heart disease is decreased?

Nutrition: The most common reason that hemoglobin and hematocrit are decreased is iron deficiency. In most cases, this is due to either inadequate nutrition (low iron intake) or blood loss (including frequent blood sampling.) neither of these reasons is truly caused by the heart defect, but children with congenital heart disease are at increased risk for either problem. ...Read more

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Why would the hemoglobin and hematocrit be low in a non-surgical patient with a distal femur fracture?

Why would the hemoglobin and hematocrit be low in a non-surgical patient with a distal femur fracture?

Common..: Femur fracture needs substantial force........that causes surrounding tissue damage. Bleeding trapped in the soft ....significant amount can be reflected in Hb/HCT ...Read more

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My hemoglobin and hematocrit is 15.4 and 47.4 I want to know meaning and harm of this?

Why do you ask?: That's normal. It's high-normal for a young lady like yourself but it's no danger to your health; you may have been a bit dehydrated. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Shen
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Heart Failure (Definition)

Heart failure is a complex set of conditions in which the heart "fails" to pump a normal amount of blood with each beat. This can be due to poor squeezing function (systolic heart failure) and/or a stiff heart incapable of filling normally (diastolic heart failure). Common symptoms include swelling and trouble breathing, particularly when ...Read more


Dr. Tipu Sultan
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Hematocrit (Definition)

Of red blood cell number. Classically this was the "packed cell volume." blood was placed in a microtube and spun in a centrifuge. The rbcs settle to the bottom and one measures the height in the tube and reported as a percentage. Now determined by an automated machine. A typical hct is about 3 ...Read more