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What does a high hemoglobin level mean?

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Higher-than-normal hemoglobin levels can be seen in people living at high altitudes and in people who smoke. Dehydration produces a falsely high hemoglobin level, which disappears when proper fluid balance is restored.

Some other infrequent causes are:

  • Advanced lung disease (for example, emphysema).
  • Certain tumors.
  • A disorder of the bone marrow known as polycythemia rubra vera.
  • Abuse of the drug erythropoietin (Epogen) by athletes for blood doping purposes.

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