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My brother had a blood test and the results showed high hemoglobin. How serious is this and what does it indicate? Thank you

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If your brother is a smoker, then high hemoglobin can be explained by this or if he lives at high altitudes. Dehydration can show such results, mimic high hemoglobin but when the balance is reached, the hemoglobin level goes back to normal. However, high hemoglobin can indicate more serious diseases like lung problems, or tumors. His doctor can definitely tell you more about his condition.
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High/elevated hemoglobin can have many possible causes. They include smoking, poor heart or lung function, being on certain medications, different kinds of cancer (lung cancer, kidney cancer, liver cancer, and even living at high altitudes. 

Your brother's doctor should be investigating the cause of his raised hemoglobin, if it isn't obvious already. There is no treatment for high hemoglobin as such - it's the underlying cause that needs to be treated. That is why getting to the bottom of the reason for these raised hemoglobin levels is so important. 

Was this caught during a routine blood test, or was your brother's doctor looking for something particular related to known health issues?

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Hello there allegra,

Hemoglobin count which is also called hemoglobin level is showing your blood's oxygen-carrying capacity. The high count of hemoglobin is considered everything above 17.5 grams of hemoglobin per deciliter for man and 15.5 grams of hemoglobin per deciliter for women.

When children are in question high levels of hemoglobin depend on the age and sex of the child.

High hemoglobin count usually is caused by low blood oxygen levels due to poor heart or lung function, if your kidneys release too much of a protein which stimulates red blood cell production. Also it is possible that you are using some kind of drugs which are responsible for red blood cell production. I hope this was helpful.

 

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