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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)

A condition marked by a deficiency of red blood cells or hemoglobin in the blood, resulting ...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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Can you die from thrombocytopenia?

Can you die from thrombocytopenia?

It can cause Bleedin: Severe thrombocytopenia can cause hemorrhage which can at times be fatal. But the platelet count has drop below 10, 000 before there is such a risk. ...Read more

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What are problems you can get from lead overdoses?

What are problems you can get from lead overdoses?

Lead Poisoning: Lead is toxic to many organ systems including the cardiovascular, renal, nervous and reproductive systems. In children, lead poising can cause deficits in learning and problems with behavior.Symptoms of lead poising can include, but are not limited to, anemia, confusion, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, seizures and death.This is a reasonable summary. Lead also causes gout! babies more sensitive! ...Read more

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Can you die from an iron deficiency?

Can you die from an iron deficiency?

See below: People who have severe iron deficiency would have experienced symptoms such as weakness, shortness of breath, chest pain from anemia. It can also cause hair loss. Because of this, people seek help and get diagnosed by doing a simple blood test and be treated for it, so it is hard to die from iron deficiency anemia unless a person ignores all these warning signals. ...Read more

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Can you die from fainting?

Can you die from fainting?

Almost never, but...: Fainting, as it often happens when not quite enough blood flows to the brain, not due to a heart problem, leads to a quick awakening once the person is lying down for a minute or two. A primary care doctor can evaluate to see if it is just this or more. If one is really unlucky, such as fainting when he is sweeping leaves off his second story roof, he'll tumble off, land on the concrete, and die. ...Read more

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Can you die from problems breathing and fever?

Can you die from problems breathing and fever?

Yes...: Difficulty breathing can be due to very serious and even life-threatening disorders. Some of these disorders also have fever associated with them. If a person is short of breath they need to see a doctor urgently even if that means going to the nearest er. ...Read more

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Can you die from vasculitis?

Can you die from vasculitis?

Vasculitis is a: Very complicated illness. It can be mild or extremely severe and yes patients can die from vascuilitis. When vasculitis (or inflammation of blood vessels) affects organs such as the kidneys and/or brain, and bowel for example severe illness can occur and death can follow. There is treatment and you need to work closely with your doctors to prevent end organ damage and potentially death. ...Read more

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Can you die from constipation?

Can you die from constipation?

Rarely: Chronic constipation (obstipation) can cause dilation of bowel, rarely can cause an ulcer in bowel, rarely can cause perforation, which could lead to death. Some conditions that cause severe constipation might be severe enough (if untreated) to cause death. ...Read more

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Can you die from hemophilia?

Can you die from hemophilia?

Yes: Hemophilia makes bleeding very difficult to stop. People with hemophilia may not be able to properly stop even minor bleeding, and particularly internal bleeding can be hard to detect until late in the game. ...Read more

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Can you die from lymphoma?

Can you die from lymphoma?

Yes: This day and age unlikely. Significant numbers of patients can be cured with early detection and treatment. ...Read more

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Can you die from low hemoglobin?

Can you die from low hemoglobin?

Yes absolutely: One can die due to a very low hemoglobin level- for instance due to massive bleeding- due to lack of oxygenation on the vitals organ causing cell deaths , organ failure and ultimately death. The incidence is low in the usa, as we do have much better access to medical center. In the other part of the world- those happen frequently unfortunately. ...Read more

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Can you die from being anemic?

Can you die from being anemic?

Usually no: But if the cause is acute bleeding death is possible. Chronic anemia can be tolerated to incredibly low HGB levels. ...Read more

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Can you die from depression?

Can you die from depression?

In A Way, Yes: Depression itself can lead to death when a depressed person commits suicide. Also, people who struggle with long periods of depression tend to neglect their health, which can indirectly lead to shortened life spans. ...Read more

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Can you die from failure to thrive?

Can you die from failure to thrive?

Many have: This label encoumpases a broad range of issues. It can be as simple as inadequate feeds in a normal kid to a medical problem with excessive nutrient loss.The behavioral interplay between caregiver & infant may also facter in.Undernutrition eventually results in increased susceptability to infection and poor respons to rx. In many countries this eventually leads to death. Proper rx can save most. ...Read more

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Can you die from autoimmune disease?

Can you die from autoimmune disease?

Autoimmune disease and death: Death in autoimmune diseases depend on several factors including its severity , target organ, cell , tissue and vital structures involved, duration and stage of disease, underlying comorbid conditions, age of patient and overall health of patient. Many of autoimmune diseases do well with appropriate management . They are chronic diseases and need expert care in the longer run. ...Read more

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Can you die from chron's disease?

Can you die from chron's disease?

Complications: Untreated, chron's disease can cause obstructions, which can lead to dehydration & death. Treated & controlled, with current regimines, it is very manageable & should not lead to any increased mortality. ...Read more

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Can you die from Parkinson's disease?

Can you die from Parkinson's disease?

Yes: Parkinsons disease is a progressive neurologic illness and often has dementia as part of the course of the disease. However, it is not rapidly fatal. ...Read more

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Can you die from Parkinson's disease?

Can you die from Parkinson's disease?

Yes, many reasons: Sleep disturbances with resultant auto accidents, trauma from falling with fractures and subsequent complications, swallowing difficulties with aspiration pneumonia, blood pressure drops resulting in fainting or falling, associated dementia causing further complications. Since a disease of older adults, any of the above could be catastrophic. ...Read more

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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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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 ?

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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Which foods should I eat to help with my anemia problem?

Which foods should I eat to help with my anemia problem?

Iron-rich foods, but: It can be hard to improve anemia with diet alone. You may consider getting an iron-containing supplement from your physician. Otherwise, iron-rich foods can be found here: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/iron-deficiency-anemia/basics/prevention/con-20019327 ...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?

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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I went to take the analysis of anemia and the nurse didn't find enough blood! what is my problem?

I went to take the analysis of anemia and the nurse didn't find enough blood! what is my problem?

Don't know what: You mean by "didn't find enough blood". Was the nurse able to get enough blood for a test? If you got the test and it shows you have less than normal amount of red cells, it means you have anemia. What to do would depend on the reason for the anemia and how severe it is. Ask your doctor what to do. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is aplastic anemia?

What sort of problem is aplastic anemia?

Aplastic anemia: Aplastic anemia is a serious problem of the blood sytem and bone marrow. The problem is that the bone marrow, where new blood cells are normally made, stops producing new cells, so you end up with low red blood cell counts, low white blood cell counts, and low platelet counts. The causes may be nutritional, cancer-related, toxin-related (eg, certain drugs), or genetic. See a hematologist. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is having low blood count (anemia)?

Anemia: Anemia causes decrease delivery of oxygen to all the tissues of the body. It is important to find the cause of the anemia so we can correct it. For example is is due to : iron deficiency, colon cancer, any cancer, anorexia, leukemia, lymphoma, low thyroid, sickle cell anemia, etc ...Anemia may cause heart attack, stroke as well. ...Read more

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Is iron good for people having renal problem. Note that the person is anemia?

D/w MD: If you do have iron deficiency -then yes, iron supplement will help you. However anemia can be caused by different things - including anemia that is related to renal problem. If your iron is high, however, taking more iron not only not helping you -it actually can harm you , discuss with your doctor further. ...Read more

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What causes difficulty of taking a breath? does anemia cause it? could it be a psychological problem?

Many things: There are many medical possibilities that can cause shortness of breath, some of them quite serious. Anemia is one possibility. Shortness of breath calls for a medical evaluation, without delay. Psychological causes are on the list, but medical causes need to be considered first. ...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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I eat about 7 pounds of ice a week. Is this unhealthy? I did have a problem with anemia but last blood test was normal. I've had the cravings 2 years

Maybe: People who eat ice, or starch or in some areas clay often have an iron deficiency problem. Though you said you had anemia which was now proved normal--you may still have a degree of iron deficiency, which can only be evaluated with specific blood tests--serum iron, per cent iron saturation and ferritin. If you have menstrual periods, you loose iron every month. Are you on vitamins with iron? ...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

Dr. Alvin Lin Dr. Lin
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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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