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  • blood

    most of you proble don't know me ,but i often read this board very helpful thxs , im not a good one with alway relpying and posting so i don't post ofter
    but just a question the blood pll are caming round the schools 2 collect blood , can i give blood, will they take it with hcm and have have a loop reacord under my skin im probble just worred about nothing ??

  • #2
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    I have been told that HCM is not the problem, it's all the medication we take that they don't want.
    How true that is I really don't know.
    Every great thing that has ever happened since the beginning of time has started as a single thought in someones mind.
    So if you are capable of thought then you are capable of great things
    Good luck and stay well.


    • #3
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      the guidelines for taking blood are that you need to weigh over a certain amount (I think 117lbs?), have not traveled to certain places, don't have some blood diseases and don't take certain medications because they can't get those medications out of your blood.

      just having HCM by itself doesn't mean you can't give blood. however, most of the medications they give us make us unable to. i don't know if you are on any medicine, so i can't tell you what they would say.

      i would bring a list of what you are taking (don't bring the medicine to school unless you already do so as this causes problems) and show it to the blood people. they can tell you if you can donate.

      "loop record under my skin" --do you mean you have a heart monitor on? if so, then, no, this doesn't interfere with blood draws. but i'm not really sure what you mean here.

      take care,



      • #4
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        Another thing I was told when I tried to donate blood is that it depends on why you take certain meds. I was on Verapamil and they said it was safe to give blood except that the purpose I used it for was to control arrhythmia. If I had been using it to control blood pressure or some other reason, it would have been fine. Arrhythmia wasn't a one of the "acceptable" reasons for taking it. Gosh, I hope that made sense.


        Husband has HCM.
        3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.


        • #5
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          Hi Margie,
          Smelly _Cat - - gee what a great handle. Welcome to the boards.

          As far as giving blood, bring a list of medications and a list of your conditions (DX’s) and let the blood people make up their minds about your donating.

          In my long gone youth I used to give one to three times a year, but after 1985 I was on medications that prohibited my giving further. We can only do what we can do.

          It’s good to hear there still are a lot of nice people around who care about others and, if you’ll pardon the expression, are willing to give of themselves.


          • #6
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            sometimes, when creating a post, if you hit "return" or "enter" before a url or in a funny place, it breaks the window's ability to create line breaks and it locks the line of text into one giant line. this is why some windows or emails will be too wide for the screen.