Anemia

Anemia facts

  • 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 or destruction of red blood cells.
  • Some patients with anemia have no symptoms. Others may feel tired, easily fatigued, appear pale, a feeling of heart racing, short of breath, and/or worsening of 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.

Reviewed on 3/26/2012