Tag: CBC

Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura

Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura

Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is a bleeding disorder that occurs when the immune system attacks the body’s blood platelets. Low levels of platelets in the blood prevent the normal clotting of the blood. Causes and Risk Factors Platelets help to clot the blood by clumping together to form a plug that blocks small holes in [...]

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What Causes A Low Blood Count?

What Causes A Low Blood Count?

When you feel sick with something your doctor cannot immediately diagnose, you often are required to get a blood test called a complete blood count or CBC. By checking the levels of blood cells and chemicals, your doctor can help diagnose your particular condition. A low blood count means that something in your blood is [...]

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High Potassium Levels: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

High Potassium Levels: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

High potassium levels in the blood or hyperkalemia are often a symptom of a serious kidney problem. This is because healthy kidneys regulate potassium levels and normally eliminate any excess. If left untreated, people with high potassium levels can have their hearts suddenly stop beating and die. Others suffer from coordination problems. Causes Healthy adrenal [...]

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