Haemoglobin is a protein in the blood, whose function is to carry oxygen, which
is then delivered to the various body organs. Haemoglobin can fall (anaemia)
in a number of conditions, especially where there is sudden blood loss; or chronic
blood loss especially with a number of cancers. It can also fall with kidney
disease, and in many malignant diseases. If the Haemoglobin is low before the
operation, blood may have to be transfused.
Haemoglobin should be tested as a matter of course in male patients over 65
and female patients over 14.
Patients with renal disease, a bleeding disorder, or a malignancy should be
tested for haemoglobin levels.
Current Drugs Use
Haemoglobin should be investigated in those patients who smoke, or are taking