- Anemia is a medical condition in which the red blood cell count or hemoglobin is less than normal.
- For men, anemia is typically defined as hemoglobin level of less than 13.5 gram/100 ml and in women as hemoglobin of less than 12.0 gram/100 ml.
- Anemia is caused by either a decrease in production of red blood cells or hemoglobin, or an increase in loss (usually due to bleeding) or destruction of red blood cells.
- Some patients with anemia have no symptoms. Those that do have symptoms may
- feel tired,
- become easily fatigued,
- appear pale,
- have a feeling of a heart racing,
- feel short of breath, and/or
- have worsening heart problems.
- Anemia can be detected by a simple blood test called a complete blood cell count (CBC).
- The treatment of the anemia varies greatly and very much depends on the particular cause. Continue Reading
Reviewed on 7/16/2015
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