High Hemoglobin

High hemoglobin indicates a count of higher than 15.5 g/dL for women and 17.5 g/dL for men. It may indicate a bone marrow dysfunction, low oxygen levels, heart condition or a poor lung function.

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My hemoglobin and hematocrit are high, and I get very anxious about it. What can be the cause?

Query: Hi doctor, I had my annual blood test done. On my CBC, my hemoglobin and hematocrit always come back high at the figures in the photo. Before two years, I had some tests to rule out polycythemia vera. They tested for the JAK2 mutations, which returned normal, as did the leukemia panel. My EPO and LD...  Read Full »


Dr. Mubashir Razzaq Khan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your data (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). Your hemoglobin is at borderline, but your hematocrit is clinically high. Elevated hemoglobin is seen in smokers, people living at high altitudes, congestive cardiac failure, and chronic ob...  Read Full »

I have a high Hb value; can I donate blood?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 34 years old. I went to donate blood today. But, the hospital rejected me as my Hb value is 16.9. Is this level abnormally high? Do I need to get any tests done?  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, your hemoglobin value is high and needs to be investigated. Let me know if your hematocrit values were checked. If it is high as well, the condition is polycythemia. The cause for polycythemia may be secondary to chronic hypoxia due to a chronic heart failure...  Read Full »

Does high ALT indicate heart, pancreas, kidney, RBC, and liver problem?

Query: Hello doctor, I am looking to get a second opinion on my son’s bloodwork to see if any flu tests are recommended or if there is any concern at all. He is a 16-year-old, healthy male who works out regularly and eats relatively healthy. The only known medical problem is being lactose intolerant...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. In the mentioned history, the noted finding is mild raised hemoglobin, mildly raised RBC, slightly elevated aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase (SGOT).The mentioned reports do not suggest any specific dia...  Read Full »

What is the reason for the increase in Hb and Hct values in me?

Query: Hi doctor, I am really worried that my Hgb is 17.6 and Hct is 54.6. I have been recommended to consult a hematologist in cancer care center. I am bothered whether it is a major illness. Can you please help me out?  Read Full »


Dr. Prakash H. Muddegowda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Based on your query, my opinion is as follows: Your hemoglobin (Hb or Hgb) and hematocrit (Hct) is a bit high and hence further evaluation is being done. If you are from a hill station or a smoker or with lung disorder then this may be normal. This is called as polycythe...  Read Full »

What causes knee pain, swollen feet, fatigue, and bloating?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 35-year-old female. I have knee pain, swollen feet, bloating, and fatigue. Kindly help.   Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from fatigue, knee pain, bloating, and swollen feet. According to your investigation reports (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity), your hemoglobin level, platele...  Read Full »

Why are my hemoglobin and hematocrit values high without any symptoms?

Query: Hello doctor, I underwent routine bloodwork during my regular gynecological checkup. It showed a hemoglobin of 16.4 g/dL and hematocrit of 47.3 %. All other laboratory values are normal, and I do not have any symptoms. I am currently on Norethindrone for birth control and Spironolactone 100 mg for ...  Read Full »


Dr. Mubashir Razzaq Khan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Elevated hemoglobin is seen in dehydration, smokers, people living at high altitudes, congestive cardiac failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, erythropoietin secreting adenomas of the kidney, and rarely could be a part of primary polycythemia. I sugges...  Read Full »

Why do I have high hemoglobin and hematocrit values?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 31 year old female. I have a history of celiac disease and a past medical history of Hodgkin's lymphoma, a stage 2 cervical lymph node and tumors in my chest. I had a blood test last week which showed B12 and folic acid deficiency, raised hemoglobin of 161 and raised hematocrit of ...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are having celiac disease in which because of malabsorption vitamin B12 deficiency and folate deficiency can occur. This deficiency also can be developed if polycythemia present in which proliferation more. Here hemoglobin and HCT is high as per history. Hence if it i...  Read Full »

What is the relation between increased hemoglobin and blood pressure?

Query: Hello doctor, My son is 30 years old. He is a kidney patient with high blood pressure. He is taking medications for high blood pressure for the last three years. I have attached the prescription and blood test reports. He also had gall bladder stone attacks two times, three years ago and one year a...  Read Full »


Dr. Mubashir Razzaq Khan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. What kind of kidney problem is your son having? I went through the data provided by you (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). He has a considerably higher level of hemoglobin. His blood pressure is also an effect of high hemoglobin. Elevated he...  Read Full »

Why is Aspirin advised for high RBC and hemoglobin count?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 40 year old male. My hemoglobin was 18.3 g/dL, but it has come down to 17.7 g/dL since the last two months. My RBC count varies between 6.1 to 6.27 now, and PCV is 51.9 %. I am taking mini Aspirin as suggested by my doctor. Do I have any reason to worry?  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your hemoglobin level, RBC (red blood cells), and PCV (packed cell volume) are high. The lymph node, liver, and spleen need to be clinically examined. Do you have a history of dizziness, weakness, and stroke? High level of RBC and hemoglobin can cause blood clots and ca...  Read Full »

Does a mild rise in hemoglobin, hematocrit, and WBC indicate polycythemia vera?

Query: Hi doctor, I have left and right-sided abdominal pain. I had bloody mucus in the stool, which has resolved, having itchy dry skin all over. Blood test says high white blood cell count, high hematocrit, high hemoglobin, and a very high ALT in the liver test. The abdominal CT scan was clear, except t...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Actually, in the attached graphical report (attachments remove to protect the patient's identity), ALT (alanine aminotransferase) is not raised twofold means not elevated more than 84. So, it does not indicate liver dysfunction. In liver problems, ALT usually rai...  Read Full »

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