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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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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?

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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