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Hemoglobin Levels (cont.)

What does high hemoglobin mean?

High hemoglobin levels mean that measured hemoglobin levels are above the upper limits of normal for the age and sex of the person (see above normal values). For example, a 19 year old that has a detected hemoglobin level of above 17.7 g/dl would have a high hemoglobin level. Some causes for high hemoglobin levels are as follows:

  • Living at a high altitude
  • Lung disease (emphysema, COPD)
  • Cancer
  • Tobacco smoking
  • Bone marrow disorders (polycythemia vera)
  • Overdose or inappropriate use of the drug epoetin alfa (Epogen, Procrit)
  • Blood doping (adding RBC's by IV to the bloodstream)

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