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 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?
What is anemia?
Anemia is a medical condition in which the red blood cell count or hemoglobin is less than normal. The normal level of hemoglobin is generally different in males and females. For men, a normal hemoglobin level is typically defined as a level of more than 13.5 gram/100 ml, and in women as hemoglobin of more than 12.0 gram/100 ml. These definitions may vary slightly depending on the source and the laboratory reference used.