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

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Francis Uricchio
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: It isn't

Most of the time, the hemoglobin and hematocrit are not elevated in the patient with congestive heart failure.
Rare instances where this might occur include polycythemia vera, excessive transfusion, or a COPD patient with chronic hypoxia who happens to have heart failure as well.

In brief: It isn't

Most of the time, the hemoglobin and hematocrit are not elevated in the patient with congestive heart failure.
Rare instances where this might occur include polycythemia vera, excessive transfusion, or a COPD patient with chronic hypoxia who happens to have heart failure as well.
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