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A 27-year-old member asked:

could iron deficiency cause shortness of breath?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 27 years experience
Yes: Iron deficiency causes anemia or low red blood cell counts. Red blood cells carry oxygen so lower numbers can result in shortness of breath.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Indirectly...: If the iron deficiency is severe enough, iron deficiency anemia will result. With this anemia, there is less hemoglobin to carry the oxygen molecules to the tissues and this will cause shortness of breath. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment of iron deficiency anemia.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

Is is possible for an iron deficiency to cause shortness of breath?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Yes: Iron deficincy means low hemoglobin level which menifests as weakness and shortness of breath on mild exertion becaause you can not have enough oxygen in the body withour normal hemoglobion level.

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