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    Author: Chris Holmes (---.sb.sd.cox.net)

    Date: 05-15-02 14:59

    I recently saw an ad on television for a drug called Procrit. It is prescibed for people who are going through chemotherapy to increase the amount of red blood cells. This in turn helps limit feelings of tiredness. I was wondering if this might also be of help to people with HCM. If I understand it correctly, the chest pains and tightness are caused by oxygen debt. Could increased amounts of oxygen carrying red blood cells help limit these symptoms as well?


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    Author: s. beckley -moderator (---.dsl.mindspring.com)

    Date: 05-16-02 10:21

    Dear Chris,

    Interesting idea. I went to procrit.com and read a bit about it. My first impression is that the key with HCM would be to increase oxygen in the blood, not necessarily increase the amount of red blood cells. I know that too much iron in your blood is bad, so if you had too many red blood cells, would you also have too much iron?

    I don't know if there is any negative to having more red blood cells than normal. But a very good question.

    NOTE: This is a post from the previous forum message board.