Polycythemia vera. Phlebotomy ( blood removal) will be needed to maintain your blood at certain level to prevent stroke or blood clot. In addition, Aspirin is recommended if there is no risk of bleeding or other contraindication. For patients with high risk to develop stroke/clot (age>60 or prior history of clot)- medication called-hydroxy-urea- is also recommended. Discuss with your hematologist.
Regular check ups. In p. Vera lifespans can be normal for most patients. The plan involves keeping the blood levels at target levels and keeping the blood thinned. This is achieved by removing blood at regular intervals if the level exceeds safe thresholds, some people require meds such as hydrea (hydroxyurea). Most patietns also are placed on daily aspirin.