As patients, most of us have an unresolved issue with respect to our health, namely understanding the results of our blood tests.
That is why, at Best Doctors, we want to provide some guidelines that will help us understand what all those medical terms mean and the values that each of them present. They will allow us to have a better knowledge on how to read our body’s warning signs.
Our point-by-point analysis
Haemogram (complete blood count)
Erythrocytes (red blood cells): normal levels: 3.8-5.4 x 106/uL, taking into account that (1,000 uL = 1 ml)
High level: respiratory failure, altitude or smoking.
Low level: may be a symptom of anaemia
Leukocytes (white blood cells): 4,500-10,600/ml
They defend us against infections.
High level: may result from the use of drugs such as heparin, as well as some infections
Low level: some/certain antibiotics
Hemoglobin: 12 to 16 gm/dL
Protein in our red blood cells that sets oxygen and carbon dioxide to move through the bloodstream. Their values are associated with those of the red cells.
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Jean Magazzu, a patient of Pittsburgh (USA), started having trouble breathing two years
ago. His doctor initially thought it could be due to an allergic problem or a possible
bronchitis, but after numerous attempts at treatment with antibiotics, Jean’s problem
continued to deteriorate. In fact, Jean was not able to walk across a room without
having to stop half way.
An X-ray plate revealed the frightening reality: his lungs were full of blood clots, a
symptom of pulmonary hypertension (PH). Jean was immediately transferred to
Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, where cardiologist Dr. Raymond Benza,
informed him of the new diagnosis.
Pulmonary hypertension is a rare disease that affects only 15 people per million. In the
words of Dr. Benza, “it is a disease that progresses very quickly and can be even more
deadly than most cancers.”
This pathology is characterised by high blood pressure in the pulmonary artery that
forces the heart to work more than normal, which may end up causing the patient's
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There is no doubt that the Internet and social networks have created a new scenario in which any patient can find information about their health problems. We live in a new environment where knowledge is much more accessible for everyone, bringing with it advantages and disadvantages alike.
One of the major problems that the physicians detect in the contents on medical matters is the enormous amount of information, much of which lacks rigour, and the Internet can lead to wrong conclusions and possible self-medication.
A study carried out among more than 1,000 people by Philips in the U.S., reveals that 40% of respondents rely on websites to check their symptoms. In addition, 25% of the total reported resorting to these tools with the same frequency with which they visit the doctor.
Fortunately, more and more companies related to the world of health take seriously the Internet as a platform to provide truthful information to the user, especially through simple and flexible tools that allow patients to compare the symptoms they have, in order to have an initial orientation of a possible diagnosis.
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