Table of Contents
- Anemia facts
- What is anemia?
- What causes anemia?
- Can inadequate iron cause anemia?
- Can inadequate iron cause anemia? (Continued)
- What about acute (sudden) blood loss as a cause of anemia?
- What are other causes of anemia?
- Can anemia be hereditary?
- What are the symptoms of anemia?
- 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 about acute (sudden) blood loss as a cause of anemia?
Acute blood loss from internal bleeding (as from a bleeding ulcer) or external bleeding (as from trauma) can produce anemia in an amazingly short span of time. This type of anemia could result in severe symptoms and consequences if not addressed promptly. Dizziness, lightheadedness, fatigue, confusion, shortness of breath, and even loss of consciousness can occur with severe, sudden blood loss anemia.