Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Is Giving Blood Heart Healthy?

Monday, 14 May 2012 09:17 AM

Question: I am an avid blood donor because I think it is a nice thing to do for others. When I was giving blood recently a guy sitting next to me said that blood donations are heart healthy. Is this true?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
A reputed journal published that there is a “Possible association of a reduction in cardiovascular events with blood donation." Several recent findings lend support to the possibility that iron levels play a role. Each time you give blood, you remove some of the iron it contains. High blood iron levels, can increase the risk of heart disease. Iron has been shown to speed the oxidation of cholesterol, a process thought to increase the damage to arteries that ultimately leads to cardiovascular disease. It must be kept in mind that these findings are of small studies and larger controlled studies are needed to establish a firm association between blood donation and heart health.

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There is some evidence that donating blood is good for your heart because it removes iron from your body.
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