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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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 »

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 »

Why am I having elevated levels of hemoglobin and RBC?

Query: Hi doctor,My blood test showed elevated levels of hemoglobin of 18.5 g/dL, elevated bilirubin of 3.7 mg/dL, and slightly elevated RBC of 6.1 million mcL. What is the cause? I do not have any symptoms. I went on a trip to the mountains for several days before doing this blood test. Does it relate to ...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your hemoglobin level and RBC (red blood cells) levels are raised slightly. PCV (packed cell volume) value is on borderline. All the other reports are normal except raised bilirubin. You can have secondary polycythemia due to the trip went to a high altitude. So, yes, m...  Read Full »

Will dehydration and smoking cause changes in CBC report?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 27-year-old male. I have had dizziness, weakness and shaking, sometimes chest pain, and shortness of breath. I have stiff upper back pain, and most of my body clicks and pops when I move. I have also had a loss of appetite, like no appetite at all and weight loss. I had bad upp...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. In the attached report (attachment removed to protect patient identity), cholesterol level is high. For that, take a low-fat diet and do some morning exercise. In one of the attached reports, hemoglobin and PCV (packed cell volume) is high with increased RBC (red...  Read Full »

Can hemoglobin and hematocrit be elevated due to testosterone injections?

Query: Hello doctor, I am concerned about my CBC. Three years back, my hematocrit has usually been in 40 (upper range). Last year, my doctor gave me testosterone injections. Five months ago, we found out my hematocrit went to 52.3. I stopped taking the infusion, and four months back, I went to a hematolog...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hello, Welcome to the icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. Following is my opinion on your asked questions. Initially, four months ago, your hemoglobin and hematocrit are elevated due to testosterone injections. You had secondary polycythemia at that time. Testosterone induced polycythemia...  Read Full »

What is the concerning fact with varying WBC and hemoglobin values?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 28 years old. I am about 65 kg and 5.6 feet in height. I doubt my CBC. Last two months ago, in the CBC test, my WBC was reduced to 5000 from 5600, and my Hb was increased to 17 gm. I repeated CBC. In the report, WBC was increased to 5800, and Hb is 16.5 gm. Is it normal? I have a hi...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Following is my opinion for your asked question. In the attached report (attachment removed to protect patient identity), hematocrit, WBC count, and RBC count are absolutely normal. Do not worry about variations in the total WBC count. According to the different physio...  Read Full »

What should I do for my high hemoglobin and RBC?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 42 years old. My hemoglobin is high for a long time. Currently, my hemoglobin is 18.7, RBC is 6.21. I am feeling itching in the body, and I am taking Cetirizine 10 mg on alternate days. Ten years back, I have taken Stemiz 10 mg and Astemizole after that, no itching for two years,...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Following is my opinion on your asked question. The positive alarming finding in your CBC (complete blood count) report. 1. High hemoglobin. 2. High PCV (packed cell volume). 3. High RBC (red blood cells). So, the diagnosis is polycythemia. Now, polycyt...  Read Full »

Do high hemoglobin and hematocrit indicate polycythemia?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having too many health issues for the last three weeks. I feel sleepy all the time even I sleep eight hours already. I am feeling weak, tiredness, dizziness, and headache on the right side of my head (pressure and dullness). My bowel habit changed to three to four times a day. I h...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hello, Welcome to the icliniq.com. Hereby I am giving opinion regarding your case. First, let me know do you have any stress or anxiety issues? As severe stress can lead to hyperventilation and dizziness. Stress can change bowel habits as well and it can lead to headaches as well. If stress is pr...  Read Full »

What does it mean when hemoglobin and hematocrit are high?

Query: Hello doctor, Last week I went to the doctor for several reasons like headche, weakness, tightness and pressure in the head and body pain. He ordered some blood work and chest x-ray. Doctor told me that chest x-ray report is good and he just told I have low vitamin B12 level and I have bacteria in s...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hello, Welcome to the icliniq.com. I have gone through your history and reports. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You had a complaint of left side abdominal pain with a headache. Hence gastritis can be the possibility and for that antibiotic and antacid course are prescribed. S...  Read Full »

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