Written by George N. Touliatos, MD











Why Steroid Users Canít Donate Blood





By George Touliatos, MD



Q: Why do blood donation centers deny the receiving of blood coming from steroid users, or even HRT patients?





A: Because steroid abuse leads to prolonged bleeding time and impaired coagulation. INR or international normalized ratio,a blood test that indicates how well the blood is able to clot, elevates Ė meaning the blood clots more slowly than desired. Higher INR equals prolonged bleeding time. Steroids also increase the chances for blood clotting because they elevate fibrinogen. Moreover, both AAS/HRT use will lead to erythrocytosis and this is a problem when it comes to a blood transfusion. Blood viscosity increases and this may lead to ischemic stroke in the patient who receives the blood. Furthermore, if the patient suffers from LHF, his condition can deteriorate. The only possible treatment for symptom relief is therapeutic phlebotomy. Blood will be dropped, but not transfused and wasted afterward.



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George Touliatos, MD is an author, lecturer, champion competitive bodybuilder and expert in medical prevention regarding PED use in sports. Dr. Touliatos specializes in medical biopathology and is the medical associate of Orthobiotiki.gr and Medihall.gr, Age Management and Preventive Clinics in Athens, Greece. Heis the author of four Greek books on bodybuilding, has extensively developed articles for www.anabolic.org and is the medical associate for the book ďAnabolics, 11th EditionĒ (2017). Dr. Touliatos has been a columnist for the Greek editions of MuscleMag and Muscular Development magazines, and has participated in several seminars across Greece and Cyprus, making numerous TV and radio appearances, doing interviews in print and online. His personal website is https://gtoul.com/




















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