Polycythemia vera is a condition that affects the bone marrow and leads to an abnormal increase in the number of blood cells. The condition mostly affects the red blood cells.
The condition usually causes the following symptoms:
There are some other symptoms which may include:
The primary polycythemia vera cannot be prevented. But proper treatment can prevent or delay symptoms and complications. At times you can prevent secondary polycythemia vera by avoiding things that can deprive the body from oxygen for long periods. Like avoid climbing to the mountains or living at places at high altitudes for long durations.
People who suffer serious heart or lung disease can develop secondary polycythemia vera. Having a healthy lifestyle can lower the risk of heart and lung diseases and can also prevent secondary polycythemia vera.
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