The removal of blood for health purposes has been practiced for several thousand years. Across many societies the act of "bloodletting", or removal of blood, was thought to cure a multitude of ailments. Ancient Egyptians (circa 1000 BC) believed that occasionally self- sacrificing some blood improved spirituality and cured the body of any illness present. Other ancient societies like the Myan's encouraged bloodletting for religious purposes.
Throughout the advancement of our understanding of how the human body works we slowly realized that getting rid of blood does not cure all illnesses, however there is a benefit from this procedure under specific circumstances.
Today we call the procedure of removing excess red blood cells Therapeutic Phlebotomy, which is the treatment of choice for blood disorders in which the removal of red blood cells and/or iron is needed to manage disease symptoms and reduce complications.
'Polycythemia' is one of the more common conditions effectively treated using therapeutic phlebotomy. Polycythemia is an excessive production of red blood cells. With polycythemia the blood becomes very viscous or "sticky," making it harder for the heart to pump. High blood pressure, strokes and heart attacks can occur in left untreated. People with polycythemia usually experience fatigue, weakness, headaches, and hypertension. Polycythemia is a symptom which occurs with a variety of known and sometimes unknown origins. Here are just some examples of known origins of polycythemia;
|* Heavy smoking
||* Certain medications and drugs
| * Dehydration
|| * Exposure to high altitudes
|* High levels of stress
||* Too much Testosterone
|* Lung diseases or disorder
More on Therapeutic Phlebotomy
Defy Medical Offers Therapeutic Phlebotomy at our Tampa Clinic
For $75 you will receive:
- Hematocrit test administered before treatment - Immediate results
- Blood pressure and examination before and after treatment
- Therapeutic Phlebotomy performed by our Registered Nurse
- Q & A discussion during treatment with experienced clinician
- No wait time
- One-on-one care during treatment
- Appointment Reminders when routine treatments are needed
- Average time for treatment: 1 hour
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