Table of Contents
- Anemia definition and facts
- What is anemia?
- What are the signs and symptoms of anemia?
- What causes anemia?
- What is iron deficiency anemia?
- What is aplastic anemia?
- What are other types and causes of anemia?
- Can anemia be hereditary?
- How does blood loss cause 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?
- What is the treatment for anemia?
- What are the complications of anemia?
- What is the prognosis for a person with anemia?
Anemia definition and 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 (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 with 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.
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