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What can happen if you don't treat polycythemia vera?

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Without treatment, the extra red blood cells in your veins can cause blood clots that reduce your blood flow. This makes you more likely to have a stroke and heart attack. It can also cause pain (angina) in your chest.

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Polycythemia Vera."

National Cancer Institute: "Polycythemia Vera."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Polycythemia Vera."

MPN Research Foundation: "Polycythemia Vera."

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics: "Polycythemia Vera."

New York-Presbyterian Hospital: "Polycythemia Vera."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Polycythemia Vera."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is Polycythemia Vera Diagnosed?"

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 19, 2020

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Polycythemia Vera."

National Cancer Institute: "Polycythemia Vera."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Polycythemia Vera."

MPN Research Foundation: "Polycythemia Vera."

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics: "Polycythemia Vera."

New York-Presbyterian Hospital: "Polycythemia Vera."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Polycythemia Vera."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is Polycythemia Vera Diagnosed?"

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 19, 2020

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