Because the child inherits a defective gene designating sickle cell anemia and another designating hemoglobin C disease from each parent, sickle-hemoglobin C (Hb S-C) disease is very similar to sickle cell anemia. The symptoms and treatments of the disorders are the same. However, sickle-hemoglobin C symptoms are usually less severe than sickle cell anemia symptoms. This means that treatments, which are designed to neutralize symptoms and prevent complications, are also different, depending on the sufferer's symptoms.
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How is sickle-hemoglobin C (Hb S-C) disease like other illnesses?
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What should I know if I have an enlarged heart?
Howard LeWine, Internal Medicine, answeredThis term most often describes the appearance of the heart on a chest x-ray. Radiologists who read chest x-rays routinely comment on the heart size. However, the size of the heart measured on a chest x-ray is often not a good indicator of whether the heart is abnormal.
You will need an echocardiogram. It uses sound waves to create detailed pictures of all the chambers of the heart and the heart valves. The pictures also show how well each part of the heart is functioning and whether blood flow is always moving in the right direction.
Your heart might not even be enlarged. And if it is slightly bigger than expected, and the echocardiogram is otherwise completely normal, you can be reassured that this is normal for you.
People with high blood pressure who don't keep it under control can develop a large left ventricle. The left ventricle is the main pumping chamber in the heart. It needs to push blood out to the rest of the body.
Make sure you ask about the size of your left ventricle and whether the thickness of its wall is normal. A thick left ventricle wall, called left ventricular hypertrophy, indicates that you need to get your blood pressure to even lower levels.
What is the D antigen (Rh factor) in the blood?
Aurora Health Care answeredD antigen is a protein with many parts, found on the surface of red blood cells. The D antigen is also known as the "Rh factor," and it tells your blood type. People are either D (Rh) negative or D (Rh) positive. If your blood type is D negative, your red blood cells do not have the D antigen.
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