The Dangers of Having High Hemoglobin Levels
A simple blood test can tell a lot about your health. One component of blood is hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells that helps blood carry oxygen throughout the body. Hemoglobin is usually measured as part of a routine blood test to help diagnose medical conditions and learn more about your overall health. If it is too high, a host of complications can ensue.
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High hemoglobin causes the body to make too many red blood cells, causing the blood to be thicker than usual. This can lead to clots, heart attacks, and strokes. It is a serious lifelong condition that can be fatal if not treated. It occurs most often when your body requires an increased oxygen-carrying capacity — such as when you smoke, if you live at a high altitude and your red blood cell production increases to compensate for the lower oxygen supply there; or if you have taken drugs that stimulate red blood cell production. Less commonly, certain medical conditions can cause a high hemoglobin count such as kidney tumors, heart disease, and lung disease such as COPD.
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