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Monday, March 10, 2014
High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure and anemia
I have both high blood pressure and anemia of chronic disease. My hemaglobin is low (last test 10.2) If hemaglobin carries oxgyen to my body therefore I have to try and catch my breath all the time. Could this cause my blood pressure to increase? In other words can anemia cause high blood pressure?
In general, no. In people with a healthy heart, anemia has to be severe (hemoglobin below 9 gm/L) before causing any changes in heart function or blood pressure.
In severe anemia, heart rate and cardiac output increase. This can cause an increase in blood pressure, but it is a small effect.
Max C Reif, MD
Professor of Medicine
Director of Hypertension Section
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati