alexa bag mulberry Cyber Monday Learn What the HCT Blood Test is for and What the Results Mean
Low HCT Results
Low HCT results occur when the body’s volume of red blood cells decrease, either by producing less or destroying more red blood cells. A low hematcrit result may indicate anemia, malnutrition, nutritional deficiencies, bleeding or overhydration.
Anemia is the most common cause of a low hematocrit result. Anemia occurs when the body has a below normal amount of red blood cells. This causes a hematocrit levels fall below normal.
Malnutrition or nutritional deficiencies of certain vitamins or minerals can lead to anemia and produce low HCT blood test results.
Pregnant women may have a slightly lower HCT result because of extra fluid in the body. Women of childbearing age may experience temporary decreases in HCT levels due to menstruation or iron deficiencies.
High HCT Results
High hematocrit results occur when there is a reduction in plasma volume or an increase in red blood cells. Possible causes include dehydration, low blood oxygen levels, erythrocytosis, polycythemia vera and congenital heart disease.
The most the most common condition that causes high HCT levels is dehydration. Dehydration occurs when the body does not have as much fluid as needed and can be cause to by not drinking enough, vomiting or diarrhea.
Polycythemia vera, also known as erythrocytosis, is an abnormal increase in the red blood cells that are produced in the bone marrow.
Low blood oxygen levels, which may be present in a variety of pulmonary diseases, as well as and congenital heart disease, may result in a reduction in plasma volume and elevated hematocrit results.