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on a blood test what is rdw mine was high 15.4 (hematology

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on a blood test what is rdw mine was high 15.4 (hematology)
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  KarayanMD replied 3 years ago.

KarayanMD :

Hi, welcome to JustAnswer.

Customer :

hey

KarayanMD :

The RDW is the red cell distribution width.

KarayanMD :

This is a calculation of the variation in the size of the red blood cells, which are the oxygen carrying cells in the body.

Customer :

why would mjne be high

KarayanMD :

This can be elevated in certain types of anemia. Do you know if you are anemic?

Customer :

im not now but have been all my life since i was a child

KarayanMD :

I see. By itself the RDW is much less relevant typically than the actual red blood cell count which if low indicates anemia.

KarayanMD :

However, conditions including iron deficiency and B12 deficiency could produce alterations in the RDW.

Customer :

what would you suggest to do

KarayanMD :

Folic acid deficiency could also cause the blood cells to vary in size and therefore cause elevated RDW.

KarayanMD :

You certainly would want to talk with your primary doctor, to see if further testing of iron levels and possibly B12 and folic acid levels are necessary.

KarayanMD :

In cases of deficiency, these can be treated.

Customer :

every time i have cbc my rdw is high

KarayanMD :

have you had the iron levels and B12/folic acid levels ever checked?

Customer :

dont think so

KarayanMD :

That would be something to talk about with your doctor.

Customer :

may i ask another question

KarayanMD :

Sure.

Customer :

i am having trouble with my blood pressure. high i take coreg cr 40mg.

KarayanMD :

OK. Well you are on a pretty reasonable dose of Coreg. Other than trying to limit salt intake, one might consider adding a 2nd agent to help keep the BP in control.

Customer :

what would you suggest my sodium is low

KarayanMD :

There are quite a few options out there, from diuretics to ACE inhibitors. Keeping the blood pressure in good control is vital, to help prevent stroke and heart attacks.

Customer :

i was taking dyazide how about that med. will it effect my calicum

Customer :

high calcium

KarayanMD :

I apologize for delay.

KarayanMD :

Technical difficulty with computer.

KarayanMD :

Probably not a great option if your sodium is low.

KarayanMD :

This agent can lower sodium.

KarayanMD :

The decision of which medication to use will require taking into account your entire medical history, and would be best accomplished by meeting with your doctor.

Customer :

is there a diretic that i could take or do all diretics effect sodium

Customer :

thanks

KarayanMD :

Most diuretics can impact sodium. You are very welcome. Best of luck. If this has been helpful, please click on ACCEPT so I can be reimbursed for the time taken to answer your question. Bonuses (and positive feedback) are welcome.

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