Re: Donations of the blood
donating is a hell of a good idea to help people out. on the flip side it doesnt really help out with the prevention of cardiac events in those of us that dabble in the world of things that increase rbc and hemocrit. from what i understand from the research i have done and talking with a couple of docs is that it does help in the time that it is out but as soon as your body replaces that blood those numbers go right back up again. so in reality you would need to do something like weekly bleeds for it to be effective and that isnt possible for most and if you are using the red cross and dont have a script to do so, they wont let you.
now on a side not and everyone freaks out about rbc and hemocrit. yes them being high isnt a good thing but that's not what you should be the most concerned with. it's your hemoglobin and platletts that you have to pay attention to. that's where you will see a cardiac event most of the time. way my cardio doc explained it to me is this: he said think about the people that live in high elevations and athletes that using the chambers to increase rbc etc... those guys arent killing over from cardiac events are they? nope. so that isnt the biggest concern its the others you have to keep an eye on as well as bp and other factors like lipids.
i like to ask questions about stuff with people when i get the chance and i ran that by my cardio doc after my hormone doc mentioned it to me when mine was creeping up a bit. something he also told me you need to watch and keep track of is your clotting factors also. those can also cause issues esp when you have gotten the rona or the shot..
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