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What is considered a low hemoglobin level in pregnancy?

What is considered a low hemoglobin level in pregnancy?

Thanks for asking!: Pregnant women with hemoglobin levels below 11.0 g/dl are generally considered anemic, though complications and symptoms from anemia during pregnancy do not usually occur until hemoglobin levels are well below 11.0 g/dl. ...Read more

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What is considered dangerous in low hemoglobin?

What is considered dangerous in low hemoglobin?

ALWAYS serious: Being "a little bit anemic" is like being "a little bit pregnant." even if the anemia is not life-threatening, it warns that you're sick and you need to find the cause. Especially, iron deficiency anemia without explanation screams out for a work-up -- "am i losing blood into my gut from an undiagnosed cancer?" you must demand your physician find the cause. ...Read more

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Is 11.3 considered low hemoglobin?

Is 11.3 considered low hemoglobin?

Age dependent: Usually a hemoglobin of <12 is too low to donate blood -- so would be considered low. However, it is usually balanced with the hematocrit and also based on other findings. However, i would consider this to be too low for a 40 year old woman. ...Read more

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How to manage low hemoglobin?

How to manage low hemoglobin?

Go to see your MD: Go to see your md and have some more evaluation and work-up. There are many different causes of anemia. Treatment will depend on the cause. ...Read more

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What does a low hemoglobin mean?

What does a low hemoglobin mean?

Leeding: Low hemog.Lobin is most often associated with GI tract bleeding disorders such as myelofibrosis where the marrow is fibrosed and not proucing rbcs can also ause this problem. One checks stool for blood followed by olonoscopy, if in the uppere GI tract and not seen on gastroscoopy, a tv capsule swolled and follwed on tv can frequently define a lesion in the small intestine that is bleeding. ...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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I have low hemoglobin. Can i exercise?

I have low hemoglobin. Can i exercise?

It depends: Other health conditions may force you to limit your activity. Depending on the level of hemoglobin, you may be very tired doing the things you normally do. Please ask your doctor about advice regarding exercise. ...Read more

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What happens if you have low hemoglobin?

What happens if you have low hemoglobin?

How low and why?: It depends on the level of hemoglobin and the cause of anemia. Hemoglobin levels to about 7 gm% do not cause symptoms if the level falls slowly. Lower than that may cause weakness and shortness of breath. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/anemia/ds00321. ...Read more

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What to do if I have low hemoglobin count?

What to do if I have low hemoglobin count?

See doctor: determine the cause to determine treatment. It may be as simple as iron deficiency requiring supplementation, or it may be more complicated. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have low hemoglobin?

What should I do if I have low hemoglobin?

Low Hgb: Hemglobin is a molecule found in red blood cells to carry oxygen. It is composed of 2 globulin proteins and iron. So to raise it, you need to know if it is the iron that is missing from your body ( most common) or an underproduction of globulin. Get a serum iron level and if low, replace iron to normal levels. Also check for sources of bleeding such as from the gut. Stop iron once corrected. ...Read more

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Do a person sleeps more because of low hemoglobin?

Do a person sleeps more because of low hemoglobin?

Maybe: Fatigue, which might contribute to sleepiness, can be a symptom of anemia. It partly depends on the underlying cause of the anemia, of which there are many. ...Read more

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What are the health risks of low hemoglobin levels?

What are the health risks of low hemoglobin levels?

Find the cause: Very low hemoglobin levels will restrict your exercise tolerance, but the greatest danger of anemia is that it warns of an underlying problem. While the cause is often a woman's loss each month or during pregnancy, or non-supplementing vegetarianism, anemia may warn of cancer, ulcers, B12 deficiency which can cause brain damage, and a host of other bad things. ...Read more

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What causes the body to keep having low hemoglobin.

What causes the body to keep having low hemoglobin.

Anemia: There are many causes of persistant anemia( low hemoglobin).To identify the exact cause, and correct it, a detailed history, physical exam, and lab work is required. ...Read more

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What are the causes and effects of too low hemoglobin?

What are the causes and effects of too low hemoglobin?

Low hemoglobin: Anemia may be caused by blood loss perhaps through GI bleeding or decreased blood production in bone marrow. Fatigue and shortness of breath are most common dymptoms. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have very low hemoglobin levels?

What should I do if I have very low hemoglobin levels?

Get evaluated: The causes of anemia (low hemoglobin) are many. You need an evaluation with a history and physical exam. Some initial studies include -- CBC w/diff, peripheral blood smear, reticulocyte count, epo level, fecal occult blood testing and possibly others (eg ua, vitamin studies, etc). ...Read more

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What are the conditions associated with low hemoglobin?

What are the conditions associated with low hemoglobin?

A number of conditio: Low hemoglobin can be due to blood loss, nutritional deficiency like iron vitamin B12 and folate (folic acid) or due to excessive auto immune destruction it is a wide topic which. Annoy be covered in limited space every case has to be evaluated individually depending on age gender and the value of CBC numbers. ...Read more

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Anyone know what is a low hemoglobin count and what are risks?

Anyone know what is a low hemoglobin count and what are risks?

How low?: A hemoglobin level of 5 or less requires immediate attention. After that one needs to be evaluated for the cause of anemia and treated accordingly. Common causes of low hemoglobin are low iron and vitamins, excessive menstrual blood loss or bleeding in the intestine. ...Read more

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Is it common for women in their 20's and 30's to have low hemoglobin levels?

Is it common for women in their 20's and 30's to have low hemoglobin levels?

Yes: It is quite common for young women to have anemia especially if you dont eat right and if you have heavy menses. Having said that, there are many other things that can cause anemia. Please see your doctor and have your doctor evaluate you further for the cause of your anemia and direct the treatment based on the cause. ...Read more

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Will you be disqualified to enlist in the navy if you have a low hemoglobin count?

Will you be disqualified to enlist in the navy if you have a low hemoglobin count?

Enlistment requires: "Current hereditary or acquired anemia, which has not been corrected with therapy before appointment or induction, is disqualifying. For the purposes of this regulation, anemia is defined as hemoglobin of less than 13.5 for males and less than 12 for females." See: http://usmilitary.about.com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/blood.htm ...Read more

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I don't know the fact for low hemoglobin , how to find out and what test I have to take?

Blood Tests: Fortunately the patient does not decide what tests are needed in medicine. The doctor decides this. Your physician will know exactly what to test for to address your concerns. ...Read more