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Through Carter Blood Care’s wellness program, blood donors receive a health screening that includes a temperature, pulse, blood pressure, hemoglobin/hematocrit and a non-fasting total cholesterol measurement. Results of these tests are available online within three days after your donation.
What do the numbers mean?
High cholesterol is considered an indicator of cardiovascular disease risk. For adults age ≥20 years of age, the desirable level is less than 200 mg/dL. Values of 200 to 239 mg/dL are borderline high risk, and values above 240 mg/dL are considered high risk for cardiovascular disease. If your value is above 200 mg/dL you should consult with your physician.
For adolescents under 20 years of age, the desirable level is less than 170 mg/dL. Values of 170 to 199 mg/dL are borderline high risk, and values above 200 mg/dL are considered high risk for cardiovascular disease. If your value is above 170 mg/dL, you should also consult with your physician.
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is one of the most common risk factors for heart disease, kidney disease, and stroke. The first number is systolic pressure (pressure when the heart pumps), and the second number is diastolic pressure (when the heart is at rest between contractions). Ideal blood pressure readings are 120/80 mmHg or lower. You should consult your physician if your blood pressure consistently exceeds 140 mmHg systolic and/or 90 mmHg diastolic or if it is ever significantly elevated.
Pulse is the number of heartbeats per minute. An expected pulse is 60-100 beats per minute. Generally, a lower heart rate means a more efficient heart function and better cardiovascular fitness.
Hemoglobin/hematocrit is the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen. Hemoglobin is a marker for the total number of red blood cells in your blood, and hematocrit represents the percentage of your blood that is red cells. The acceptable values used for blood donors are more conservative than the normal values used for patients. Expected values for adults are: men 14 to 17 g/dL and women 12 to 15 g/dL. To qualify for blood donation, you must have a hemoglobin of 12.5 g/dL or higher for females and 13g/dL or higher for males. The hematocrit (hct) blood test determines the percentage of red blood cells (RBS’s) in the blood. To qualify for blood donation females must have an Hct of 38% or higher and males a Hct of 39% or higher.
Test results provided by Carter BloodCare are meant to be a screening guide to better understand your health and should not be viewed as a diagnosis.