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Can You Give Blood With High Blood Pressure?
In some instances, high blood pressure will disqualify a person from donating blood. If, however, the blood pressure is elevated but not extremely high, a person will be eligible to donate her blood. The guideline established by the Red Cross is that a person is ineligible to donate if their systolic blood pressure is over 180 or their diastolic blood pressure is over 100. Those who fall outside of these guidelines are ineligible to donate blood. Those with low blood pressure can donate, as long as their low blood pressure reading is consistent with their normal blood pressure.
Why Aren't People with Extremely High Blood Pressure Eligible to Donate?
People with extremely high blood pressure generally have underlying conditions which affect their blood pressure or are affected by it. They also tend to be on strong medication to regulate their blood pressure. Because of this, people with extremely high blood pressure may be at more risk of complications from donating blood than other people. Blood donation is intended to save lives, not to put them at risk. Because of this, even though many people with high blood pressure could donate without harming themselves, the regulations are enforced to help keep donors safe and to eliminate the chances of anyone being harmed by donating their blood.
What Else Could Make Me Ineligible for Blood Donation?
There are many different things that can make a person ineligible to donate their blood. HIV/AIDS infection, high blood pressure, certain medications, and low cell counts are just a few of the most common things that make a person ineligible. For a full list of the conditions for eligibility, follow the link below to the Red Cross website's guidelines. And, remember, rejection from donating blood is anonymous and is common, so embarrassment shouldn't deter you from going in and being evaluated for eligibility.
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