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My young cousin, mid 30's, posted that normal hematocrit levels for women is 40-45, she said hers is 9. How is this even possible? Wouldn't she be dead?
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Doctor: Dr Stan, Doctor replied 4 months ago

Maybe your cousin was referring to her Hb level and not her Hct level. A Hb level of 9 is low, but not life-threatening. The most common cause is excessive blood loss due to monthly menstruating and an iron deficiency. May I suggest she discusses starting an iron supplement with her doctor and further studies to determine the exact cause of her anemia.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
She said she was diagnosed with anemia. But just for arguments sake, a 9 is impossible? She's always fishing for sympathy. What are the highs and lows for Hb?
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Normal Hb in adult females 12-14. 9 indicates non-life threatening anemia, most likely iron deficiency.

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What is the lowest hct levels you can have before it becomes fatal?
Doctor: Dr. Muneeb Ali, Doctor replied 4 months ago

A level of less than 15 is where a patient can lose their life at any point.

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Doctor: Dr. Muneeb Ali, Doctor replied 4 months ago

At levels below 25 patients start experiencing severe symptoms which can include shortness of breath, fatigue, loss of consciousness/fainting spells, palpitations. Below 20, the shortness of breath is very severe. And at below 15, the symptoms are extremely severe, so much so that daily activity is not possible.

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