Table of Contents
- Anemia facts
- What is anemia?
- What are the symptoms of anemia?
- What causes anemia?
- Can inadequate iron cause anemia (iron deficiency anemia)?
- Iron deficiency anemia (continued)
- What about sudden (acute) blood loss as a cause of anemia?
- What are other causes of anemia?
- Can anemia be hereditary?
- How is anemia diagnosed?
- What is a complete blood cell (CBC) count?
- How is blood collected for a CBC?
- What is the red blood cell (RBC) count?
- What is hemoglobin?
- What does a low hemoglobin level mean?
- What is the hematocrit?
- How is hematocrit determined?
- How is anemia treated?
- What are the complications of anemia?
- What is the outlook (prognosis) for anemia?
What are the symptoms of anemia?
Some patients with anemia have no symptoms. Others with anemia may feel:
- Fatigue easily
- Appear pale
- Develop palpitations (feeling of heart racing)
- Become short of breath
Additional symptoms may include:
- Hair loss
- Malaise (general sense of feeling unwell)
- Worsening of heart problems
It is worth noting that if anemia is longstanding (chronic anemia), the body may adjust to low oxygen levels and the individual may not feel different unless the anemia becomes severe. On the other hand, if the anemia occurs rapidly (acute anemia), the patient may experience significant symptoms relatively quickly, and even with relative mild fluctuations of hemoglobin levels.
Maakaron, Joseph E, et al. "Anemia." eMedicine. 4 Nov. 2011. <http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/198475-overview>.
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