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pattiwagon
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   Posted 2/21/2007 6:44 PM (GMT -7)   
My dad had triple by pass last March and a pacemaker put in one month later. His breathing got worst and then told him he had emphysema. That was what was causing his breathing problems. Well now they are telling him that with the blood tests they just finished with on him that his blood is low. They told him that he was three pints low. That might be causing his breathing problems. The Doctor wants to do a blood transfusion. I have never heard of a person being low on blood like this. three pints is allot for one body. Isn't it? If anyone can help me with this please do! I'm lost. Thank you for your help.
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els
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   Posted 2/22/2007 12:02 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi pattiwagon, I am so very sorry about your dad.  I dont have much knowledge regarding this and even trying to do some research on the internet it is difficult to find anything at all.  What I do know is that 1 pint of blood is equal to 10% of your body's blood volume.  In someone who has a heart condition and known blood loss for whatever reason it would put strain on their heart and make it difficult to breathe.  It is amazing to imagine your father with 30% blood volume loss...I would think it would put increased strain on all his organs, brain and make it unable to function.  I found this one article that describes blood volumes and such...I dont know if it will be of any help to you at all but I will put the link below anyway.  Please do keep us posted on how he is doing and feel free to post as often as you like...we are always here.  Take care

http://www.cptips.com/blood.htm


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augoldminer
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   Posted 2/22/2007 9:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Aplastic Anemia will cause low blood volume and breathing disorders. he sould be checked for this disorder
SECONDARY FIBROMYALGIA AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE
AUTOIMMUNE CASTLEMAN'S DISEASE JULY 2003
HEART ATTACK MARCH 1 2006 HEART BYPASS CABG x 5 MARCH 13 2006
SLEEP APNEA RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME
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TroubledTummy
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   Posted 2/28/2007 10:36 PM (GMT -7)   
PattiWagon..My Daddy has a disease called myelodyplastic disease (MDS), his catagory is called refractive anemea with excess blasts (RAEB).  There are some really good websites about this.  It is more common in men over the age of 60.  When he gets bad, they usually say that he is a least 2 or 3 pints low.  What is his hemaglobin running?  It should be around 14, but, it can go as low as 7(this is not good!).  Anyway, it can be managed with blood transfusions.  I hope you all find out what is wrong with him..Blessing to you and your family!
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