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Can You Die From Being Anemic
Yes, but rarely...: It depends on the cause of the anemia, how anemic a person is, and how quickly it occurred. If your red blood cell count does get too low, however, the body will not be able to adequately deliver oxygen. This can lead to cardiopulmonary collapse and death. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on cause...: There are many causes of anemia, and each will cause a different degree of anemia and will be different in how quickly they drop a person's red blood cell count. In an extreme case, say severe autoimmune mediated hemolytic anemia, the person could die with a couple of days. On the other side, many causes of anemia result in stable disease (does not progressively get worse). ...Read more
If your anemic only by a little bit and don't take iron pills. Will you die or will it shorten your life by not taking iron pills?
No: But you will not be in top health feeling well ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can someone die from sever iron deficiency/anemia? Specifically in the case if an eating disorder?
Absolutely: Severe anemia from any cause can throw you into congestive heart failure and then pneumonia. Iron deficiency has many causes, including fad / politically correct diets, but also bleeding from some source that will need to be discovered. And being anemic is miserable in itself, preventing you from working and playing to capacity. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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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