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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Overview)

Anemia refers to any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood cells in the body. There are numerous causes of anemia but they can basically be broken down into 3 categories: decreased production of red blood cells increased destruction of red blood cells blood loss.


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Which people are at the highest risk for anemia?

Which people are at the highest risk for anemia?

Anemia: Children and menstruating women. Children because of their high nutritional needs during periods of growth, and women because of the high loss of iron from menstration. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
1,236 doctors shared insights

Anemia (Overview)

Anemia refers to any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood cells in the body. There are numerous causes of anemia but they can basically be broken down into 3 categories: decreased production of red blood cells increased destruction of red blood cells blood loss.


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What life threathening complications can severe anemia gives a person?

What life threathening complications can severe anemia gives a person?

Severe anemia: One can die from severe anemia from massive acute bleeding due to hypoxia - decrease oxygenation to vitals organ that resulting in organ failure . When anemia iis a slow ongoing/chronic process- our body can compensate. When it is severe enough- enlargement of the heart /cardiomegaly and congestive heart failure can happen. Kidney failre and death can happen in severe hemolytic anemia. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of anemia and what are some usual treatments?

What are the symptoms of anemia and what are some usual treatments?

Depends on the cause: The usual symptoms of anemia are fatigue, pale skin, dizziness with standing, shortness of breath with exertion or at rest. Chest pain can occur in people with heart disease. The treatment depends on the cause of the anemia. Anemia should be worked up by your physician or specialist to determine the cause and develop a treatment plan. ...Read more

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What are the tests required to diagnose anemia?

Screening tests: Anemia is defined by a low number of red blood cells. This would be diagnosed by performing a simple blood test that would measure your hemoglobin and/or hematocrit. If you are found to be anemic, there are also simple blood tests to try to figure out the cause. Many types of anemia are treatable. ...Read more

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How does anemia cause paleness?

How does anemia cause paleness?

Red cells are red!: When severe anemia is present, there are fewer red blood cells in circulation. The red cells give lighter-skinned people some color. Thus, with anemia, people are less red, and appear pale. ...Read more

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Is ice chewing a symptom of anemia?

PICA: In medicine we call "pica" to the strong desire to eat or drink very unusual substances or foods. Children and adults with pica may eat: animal feces, clay, dirt, hairballs, ice, paint, sand.This pattern of eating should last 1 mo.In pregnancy, in childhood, and in malnourished populations is more common.It is true that iron or zinc deficiency could be present but could also be psycological. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of anemia?

Many: Symptoms of anemia include lightheadedness, dizziness, weakness, lethargy, rapid heart rate, fatigue, pale skin, etc. In addition, some may have none of these symptoms. Anemia is a symptom; something else is causing the anemia and the cause needs to be found by your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the signs of anemia?

Can you tell me the signs of anemia?

Several: Some patients will be asymptomatic. Others have any of the following: lightheadedness, dizziness, muscle weakness, fatigue, fast heart rate, run out of breath and tire quickly with exercise. If you have any suspicions of anemia, you should be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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How does the doctor know if the diagnosis is anemia?

Low red blood count: If you have symptoms and signs suggestive of anemia like tiredness, pale mucus membranes or obvious bleeding, your doctor will run a blood test indicating the percent of red blood cells in your blood, the parameters of the cells to determine if you do not make enough or are nutritionally deficient, etc. This is a usually obvious diagnosis but the cause takes a little work to find out. ...Read more

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What are the tests required to diagnose anemia?

Screening tests: Anemia is defined by a low number of red blood cells. This would be diagnosed by performing a simple blood test that would measure your hemoglobin and/or hematocrit. If you are found to be anemic, there are also simple blood tests to try to figure out the cause. Many types of anemia are treatable. ...Read more