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What problems can you get from polycythemia vera?

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When your blood gets thicker, it slows down and is also more likely to form clots, a clump of blood that stops up a vein or artery. Blood clots can lead to life-threatening problems such as a heart attack or stroke. You can also have trouble getting oxygen to your body parts -- from your eyes to your toes.

From: What Is Polycythemia Vera? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Polycythemia Vera.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Explore Polycythemia Vera.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine, The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center: “Polycythemia Vera.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine, Health Library: “Polycythemia Vera.”

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on December 26, 2017

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Polycythemia Vera.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Explore Polycythemia Vera.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine, The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center: “Polycythemia Vera.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine, Health Library: “Polycythemia Vera.”

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on December 26, 2017

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