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 are the signs and symptoms of anemia?
Some individuals with anemia have no symptoms. Others with anemia may feel:
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.