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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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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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Could you die from iron deficiency?

Could you die from iron deficiency?

Thanks for giving me: The opportunity to research this. "the who has estimated that iron deficiency causes the loss of 48, 225 disability-adjusted life-years (dalys) worldwide." per: iron deficiency: under-recognised cause of disability and death with a higher impact than lung cancer in the who global burden of disease. ...Read more

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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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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 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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If iron isn't excreted from the body, how can someone who didn't have anemia before become iron deficient anemic?

If iron isn't excreted from the body, how can someone who didn't have anemia before become iron deficient anemic?

Monthly cycle: Probable the most common source of anemia in a monthly cycle woman is there monthly period, especially if it is heavy and associated with clots. Check with you family doctor to discuss further. For men it would be abnormal to be anemia at age 25 and should be check out. ...Read more

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Can you lose hair from iron deficiancy?

Yes.: Hair loss may be associated with nutritional deficiency. However, there are many other causes which should be considered. If your hair loss is due to dietary deficiency it may take months to return it to normal. Mild iron deficiency would not be uncommon in your age group. ...Read more

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Can an iron deficiency prevent me from donating blood?

Can an iron deficiency prevent me from donating blood?

Yes, temporarily: If you have low iron level, you are likely to have low hemoglobin (carries oxygen) level, which is a key reason people receive blood--so you would be temporarily deferred until fixed. Usually just a multivitamin with iron and more dark greens / some red meat will fix this, but see your Dr if not improving with these simple adjustments. ...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 anaemia? Is it dangerous?

Absolutely: It depends on degree of anemia. Chronic mild to moderate anemia can be managed and treated. Severe anemia, acute or chronic is a serious matter. ...Read more

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Can iron deficiency lead to serious anemias, even in the meat-eating u.S.?

Can iron deficiency lead to serious anemias, even in the meat-eating u.S.?

Yes: Iron deficiency anemia is still a common cause of anemia in the United States. It can be due to lack of iron in the diet, loss of blood or a combination of these factors. ...Read more

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Can you die from serum sickness?

Can you die from serum sickness?

Unfortunately...Yes: Serum sickness got it's name from reactions after treatments with high doses of horse serum given for treatments snake bites or tetanus. Antibiotics can also cause this. The persons antibodies clump with the foreign serum proteins. These clumps (immune complexes) can clog small blood vessels in the skin, mucous membranes, joints, kidneys and intestines. Fulminant severe reaction can be fatal. ...Read more

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Can someone die from sever iron deficiency/anemia? Specifically in the case if an eating disorder?

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 more

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What will happen if someone with iron deficiency anemia lets their iron level get extremely low?

Low blood counts: In most people, iron is "lost" very slowly over time. In some patients, iron levels drop, due to bleeding, menstruation, or lack of absorption. In that case, anemia can soon follow, unless iron supplements are given. Pica is another consequence of low iron. Pica is the craving of inedible substances, such as ice or dirt. ...Read more

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Can alcoholism cause you to have pernicious anemia?

Can alcoholism cause you to have pernicious anemia?

Yes: Alcoholics usually do not take in adequate amounts of Folic Acid which can lead to megaloblastic anemia. B12 deficiency is less common but possible as well. ...Read more

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Can hairloss result from iron deficiency?

Can hairloss result from iron deficiency?

Debatable: I believe I have seen it in my practice, but evidently dermatologists do not agree on whether low iron causes hair loss: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/20888064. ...Read more

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Can you get eczema from overdose of vitamin c?

Can you get eczema from overdose of vitamin c?

Probably not: The exact cause of atopic dermatitis (eczema) is unknown, but it's likely due to a combination of dry, irritable skin with a malfunction in the body's immune system. Stress and other emotional disorders can worsen atopic dermatitis, but they don't cause it. Most experts believe atopic dermatitis has a genetic basis. ...Read more

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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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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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Could you die from iron deficiency?

Thanks for giving me: The opportunity to research this. "the who has estimated that iron deficiency causes the loss of 48, 225 disability-adjusted life-years (dalys) worldwide." per: iron deficiency: under-recognised cause of disability and death with a higher impact than lung cancer in the who global burden of disease. ...Read more

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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 more

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Is iron deficiency

Is iron deficiency

Unclear question: Iron deficiency is common in women due to blood loss during menstruation. It would be appropriate for you to take oral iron supplement with multivitamins. Take iron with meals and if constipation becomes an issue take a fiber laxative like Metamucil. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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What may cause iron deficiency?!

Bleeding/poor intake: The most common cause is bleeding, which could be "normal" like a woman with periods or abnormal bleeding as in the GI tract. That could be from gastritis, ulcers, abnormal blood vessels, diverticuli (small pockets in the intestines), or tumors (benign or malignant). Also very low iron in the diet (no red meat or green leafy vegetables) or failure to absorb iron from the GI tract can do it. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of iron deficiency?

Iron deficiency: Mild deficiency has no symptoms, but when iron levels become low enough to cause anemia, one develops a rapid heart rate, shortness of breath with exertion and fatigue. If this happens very slowly symptoms may not be noticeable until anemia is fairly severe. ...Read more

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Is iron deficiency a serious problem?

Yes: All red blood cells carry hemoglobin, a chemical that carries oxygen throughout the body. Without oxygen, we die. The hemoblobin is composed of iron and a carrier protein named globulin. So without the iron, the hemoglobin will be low, the cells won't be able to carry oxygen and the body has no energy and starts to lose its function. Also, snce we do not normally lose iron, look for bleeding. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of iron deficiency?

What are the symptoms of iron deficiency?

Iron deficiency anem: Anemia makes you tired and pale. Some get lightheaded, or have chest pain or shortness of breath. Iron deficiency can cause "pica" (craving something above and beyond needing it for food). The most common symptom is munching ice. Other people crave starch, chalk, dirt, or other unusual substances. It's important that iron-deficient people see an md so dangerous things like GI cancer are ruled out. ...Read more

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What may cause iron deficiency in the body?

What may cause iron deficiency in the body?

Iron deficiency: Iron deficiency can be caused by loss of blood or decreased iron intake. In women it is often related to menstrual bleeding. It requires a workup to determine the cause. ...Read more

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How will an iron deficiency affect my baby?

How will an iron deficiency affect my baby?

Fussy, pale, weak: Young babies often are a bit deficient in iron because they grow so fast, and new growth (new muscle cells, new blood cells, etc...) requires iron. Breastmilk or iron-fortified formula supply needed iron for a baby's growth (a baby can double his weight in the first 5 months). A baby who gets too iron-deficient and quite anemic can be fussy, not eat well, seem pale or weak, and have a rapid pulse. ...Read more

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How to determine if I have iron deficiency?

Symptoms of anemia : Anemia is a common result and patients feel weak due to it. The confirmation requires blood tests to measure the hemoglobin and iron levels in order to check the iron stores in the body. There are well know tests to make a diagnosis of iron deficiency, which your doctor can run. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have an iron deficiency?

How do I know if I have an iron deficiency?

Blood work if needed: The obvious question is, "why would you have iron deficiency?" this is pretty unusual in 36 year old males. They don't become iron deficient unless their diet contains minimal iron (vegans who don't like vegetables), they have trouble absorbing iron (removal of some of their intestine) or they have ongoing bleeding. If one of these apply, there are blood tests that can measure iron stores. ...Read more

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Are there any symptoms for iron deficiency?

See below: Fatigue is a prominenet one. A reddish tongue and dome difficulty swallowwing may oalso be present. If the cause of the iron deficiencey is blood loss you may see black tarry stools and have signs of pain, bloating and gas. ...Read more

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What can I eat if I have an iron deficiency?

Iron?: If you have iron deficiency anemia (ida). I would ask these questions -- 1) what is the cause -- and then fix it if possible - eg stomach ulcers, colon cancer, etc. 2) how severe is the ida (by hgb, ferritin, etc). Then if the gut is working can try oral iron. If not can use IV iron. Iron supplements are relatively cheap and measurable vs. Foods. ...Read more

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Can an iron deficiency make you gain weight?

Usually not: I don't think iron deficiency anemia is linked directly to weight gain. Some people with iron deficiency might have cravings like chewing ice or even eating clay/sand. I had a patient who liked to chew on paper ! bit that won't make you gain weight though :). ...Read more

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How can eating ice can cause iron deficiency?

How can eating ice can cause iron deficiency?

Does not cause: It is stated that people who are iron deficient tend to chew on ice. Chewing on ice does not cause iron deficiency. ...Read more

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What is the medical term for iron deficiency?

Irondeficient anemia: Iron deficiency anemia is the medical term, meaning your body doesn't have enough iron. Iron is important because red cells need iron to make hemoglobin: needed to for oxygen exchange. If you are deficient in iron, commonly caused by bleeding, poor intake, low absorption or marrow defect,then your red cells become small, pale,& ineffective and you may feel weak,sluggish, pale& short of breath. ...Read more

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What problems can be caused by iron deficiency?

Anemia: Iron is critical to making hemoglobin. Iron deficiency cause anemia. If it is low, it can be due to several causes and should be investigated carefully. See your doc right away if you think you are low in iron and/or anemic. ...Read more

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