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Can you die from anemia?

Can you die from anemia?

Yes, depending on ..: Severity and intervention. Hematocrits can fall to where o2 delivery is insufficient to support organ function, particularly the heart, which must work even harder due to severe anemia. Death can occur. If anemia develops slowly, patients can compensate to even very low hematocrits, but then precipitously decompensate. In contrast, rapid development may preclude compensation w/ grave consequences. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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What happens if you die from anemia how long would it take?

What happens if you die from anemia how long would it take?

Fast or slow: It all depends (as with everything!) Ultimately one would die from lack of oxygen transport to the tissues of the body. If this comes in the form of a heart attack, it could be fast with a relatively-high hemoglobin (perhaps even 8 if you had severe heart disease). On the other hand, if anemia declines slowly over long time in young person, I have seen Hb of 3. ...Read more

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Can you die from chronic anemia ?

Can you die from chronic anemia ?

Yes, depending on ..: Severity and intervention. Hematocrits can fall to where o2 delivery is insufficient to support organ function, particularly the heart, which must work even harder due to severe anemia. Death can occur. Chronic anemia, patients can compensate to even very low hematocrits, but there are limits. In contrast, rapid development may preclude compensation w/ grave consequences. ...Read more

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What to do if I have iron defiency anemia.Is there a chance i could die in the future if not treated?

What to do if I have iron defiency anemia.Is there a chance i could die in the future if not treated?

Very unlikely: Iron supplements should correct the problem unless you have other causes such as colon issues. If you are really iron deficient, you should consider a GI evaluation. ...Read more

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If your anemia deficiency anemia what does that mean? What is going wrong and how can you improve? Can anemia deficiency cause death?

I : I think you might be referring to iron deficiency anemia. It is common. Because the body doesn’t have enough iron, it can’t make enough hemoglobin. The hemoglobin carries oxygen in the blood cells. Talk to your doctor about eating foods that are rich in iron and about iron supplementation. ...Read more

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Do people always die young if they have sickle cell anemia?

Do people always die young if they have sickle cell anemia?

Sickle cell disease: There have only been a couple of studies examining life expectancy in patients with sickle cell disease. One study i know of found a median age at death of 42 for men and 48 for women with sickle cell disease. However, there are many variables impacting prognosis and survival from one patient to the next. ...Read more

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What are long term effects of severe anemia? from bloodletting, looking4 reasons 2stop. My hgb was 39 b4 transfus (5/26/15) told will die if dont stop

Dying isn't enough?: If you need more reasons than death, you should go see your Family Doc for referral to Psychiatrist. As an aside, I suspect it was your hematocrit that was 39 & your hemoglobin was actually 13 which is really quite normal, so I'm not sure why you're considered anemic or received transfusion. Most likely, those are values after. But since you're asking for more reasons to stop, see Psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Can you die from iron deficiency anemia?

Can you die from iron deficiency anemia?

Yes: If iron deficiency is not treated, ultimately this can lead to high output cardiac (heart) failure. When someone is anemic, then their blood volume is low. This leads to increased cardiac output and ultimately the heart can't keep up with the demand. When this occurs, lack of blood flow leads to organ failure. Learning point is to treat it. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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