Abnormal Blood Tests
Blood tests are used to measure the levels of a variety of substances within your blood. There are normal ranges for each of these substances that the majority of the population falls into. However, if your blood test results are determined to be abnormal, it means that for one or more of these substances, your levels were found to be either above or below this normal range. This may be an indication of an illness or disease or it may simply reflect a medication you are taking, a dietary imbalance or some other lifestyle issue. If an abnormal result returns from the lab, your doctor will discuss the findings with you and most likely recommend further testing to determine its cause and a diagnosis if necessary.
Anemia is a condition that occurs when the red blood cell count or hemoglobin is lower than normal. The hemoglobin may be low due to a decrease in production of red blood cells or a loss of blood. Anemia is much more common in women, especially pregnant women. It also occurs frequently in older people, people with poor diets and those with diseases that can cause anemia.
The main symptom of anemia is fatigue. Other common symptoms include weakness, paleness, fast or irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, dizziness or headache. Symptoms may start out mild but worsen as the condition progresses.
Anticoagulation therapy is used in those patients with heart defects or at risk for developing blood clots. It is generally taken as an oral medication to thin the blood. Your doctor will provide a regimen that includes the regular use of either aspirin or a prescription drug such as clopidogrel or warfarin. Each of these can produce side effects and may cause bleeding problems, so it is essential to remain in a physician’s care for periodic monitoring.
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