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Hello this is Dr. Stan and I will assist you with your question today. I am board certified and I have 40 years of patient experience. I will be happy to help you today. Your doctor is trying to be thorough and rule out other problems that could cause hemoglobin elevation such as polycythemia. Since you are a smoker, your Hb elevation may be due to COPD. But if it is polycythemia, there is treatment that needs to be started so you don't wind up with significant medical problems.
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