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Can a person with Parkinson’s give blood?

Monday November 12, 2012

Parkinson’s disease is not a condition transmitted by blood so having PD does not exclude a person from giving blood.  According to the American Red Cross, donors must be at least 18 years old and 100 pounds. There may be other reasons or issues that influence whether a person with PD should give blood. A few of these reasons include:

  • Symptoms of lightheadedness due to low blood pressure
  • Anemia
  • In some cases, weakness and sedation

Giving blood is an important opportunity to support others in need. It is important to check with your doctor if you have questions before giving blood.

Monique L. Giroux, MDMonique L. Giroux, MD
Guest Blogger, Former Medical Director of NWPF

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