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