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My most recent blood test showed my hemogolbin level was high. I smoke cigarettes n the dr thinks this may b the reason y. Im really worried ?
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Dr. Karl Spector
Addiction Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Then quit smoking!
A high hemoglobin level is usually from smoking.
A person's hemoglobin level is essentially the amount of red blood cells. A low hemoglobin is referred to as anemia. The red blood cells are, among other things, responsible for carrying oxygen around the body. Having high hemoglobin means your body isn't getting enough oxygen so it's making more red blood cells to compensate. Quit to change this!

In brief: Then quit smoking!
A high hemoglobin level is usually from smoking.
A person's hemoglobin level is essentially the amount of red blood cells. A low hemoglobin is referred to as anemia. The red blood cells are, among other things, responsible for carrying oxygen around the body. Having high hemoglobin means your body isn't getting enough oxygen so it's making more red blood cells to compensate. Quit to change this!
Dr. Karl Spector
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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: High Hb
Stop smoking.
This may be a compensatory increase in red blood cells to oxygenate better your body. Your dr. May decide to check your viscosity in blood an order tests like ultrasounds to check your kidney, liver. Worst escenario consult with a blood specialist to discuss bone marrow.Thallasemias ( hereditary abnormal hemoglobines also increase the rbcs). You can donate blood often to lower ur #.

In brief: High Hb
Stop smoking.
This may be a compensatory increase in red blood cells to oxygenate better your body. Your dr. May decide to check your viscosity in blood an order tests like ultrasounds to check your kidney, liver. Worst escenario consult with a blood specialist to discuss bone marrow.Thallasemias ( hereditary abnormal hemoglobines also increase the rbcs). You can donate blood often to lower ur #.
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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Also check your spleen. One rare possibility is to have Polycythemia Vera (pruritus while showering, large spleen. Requires Bone Marrow.
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