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Polycythemia (High Red Blood Cell Count) (cont.)

Prevention

Many causes of secondary polycythemia are not preventable. However, some potential preventive measures are:

  • smoking cessation;
  • avoid prolonged carbon monoxide exposure; and
  • appropriate management of diseases such as chronic lung disease, heart disease or obstructive sleep apnea.

Primary polycythemia due to mutation of genes is generally not preventable.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/30/2014

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