When should a CBC count be obtained in suspected myocardial infarction (MI, heart attack), and which conditions should be excluded prior to thrombolytic therapy?

Updated: May 07, 2019
  • Author: A Maziar Zafari, MD, PhD, FACC, FAHA; Chief Editor: Eric H Yang, MD  more...
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Obtain a complete blood cell (CBC) count if myocardial infarction (MI) is suspected in order to rule out anemia as a cause of decreased oxygen supply and prior to giving thrombolytic agents. Leukocytosis is also common, but not universal, in the setting of acute myocardial infarction.


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