An HCT is a blood test given to determine what percentage of
your blood volume is made of red blood cells.
Someone with a low hematocrit is
considered anemic. This may be the result of blood loss
from injury or surgery. Anemia may also result from bone
marrow problems, sickle cell anemia, and nutritional deficiency
(such as a lack of iron or vitamin B-12 in your diet). A
high hematocrit may be the result of smoking, dehydration,
living at a high altitude, or lung disease.
The HCT is often done as part
of a complete blood count, for
Diagnosis of anemia or
Monitoring anemia treatments
Monitoring ongoing bleeding
Recovery from dehydration
nearest you today, no appointment needed. Insurance is not
required, but call (225) 389-5020 to find out if your health
plan will cover this test.