Anemia is the disease of low red blood cells which reduces the amount of oxygen pumped around the body. Symptoms include tiredness, pallor (paleness), lethargy, fatigue, shortness of breath (esp. shortness of breath on exertion), headache, and dizziness. Jaundice symptoms may also appear in hemolytic anemia. The cause may be ...

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Introduction: Anemia

Anemia is having lower than the normal number of healthy red blood cells. Treating the underlying cause of the anemia will help restore the number of healthy red blood cells. Women with pregnancy related anemia may feel tired and weak ...1

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Symptoms of Anemia

Signs and Symptoms of Anemia: The most common symptom of all types of anemia is fatigue (tiredness). Fatigue occurs because your body doesn't have enough red blood cells to carry oxygen to its various parts. A low red blood cell ...2

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Complications of Anemia

A lack of red blood cells also means that your heart has to work harder to move oxygen-rich blood through your body. This can lead to arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), a heart murmur, an enlarged heart, or even heart failure ...3

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Causes of Anemia

Causes of the most common type of anemia, due to iron deficiency, include:

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Causes of Anemia

The term "anemia" usually refers to a condition in which your blood has a lower than normal number of red blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen and remove carbon dioxide (a waste product) from your body. Anemia also can ...4

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Causes List for Anemia

Some possible causes of Anemia or similar disorders may include:5

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Types of Anemia

The severity depends on the particular type:

The types of anemia include:

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Types of Anemia

There are many types of anemia with specific causes and traits. Some of these include:

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Diagnosis of Anemia

How Is Anemia Diagnosed? Your doctor will diagnose anemia based on your medical and family histories, a physical exam, and results from tests and procedures. Because anemia doesn't always cause symptoms, your doctor may find out you have it while ...6

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Risk Factors for Anemia

Who Is at Risk for Anemia? Anemia is a common condition. It occurs in all age, racial, and ethnic groups. Both men and women can have anemia. However, women of childbearing age are at higher risk for the condition because ...7

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Misdiagnosis: Anemia

Undiagnosed Anemia: The tiredness and similar symptoms can be mild enough that people donít notice that something is wrong. Or patients may attribute their puffing after exercise to poor physical conditioning. Anemia in Pregnancy: Anemia is a common problem ...

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Treatments: Anemia

How Is Anemia Treated? Treatment for anemia depends on the type, cause, and severity of the condition. Treatments may include dietary changes or supplements, medicines, procedures, or surgery to treat blood loss. Goals of Treatment The goal of treatment is ...8

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Prevention of Anemia

How Can Anemia Be Prevented? You might be able to prevent repeat episodes of some types of anemia, especially those caused by lack of iron or vitamins. Dietary changes or supplements can prevent these types of anemia from occurring again ...9

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Names and Terminology

Other Names for Anemia

  • Iron-poor blood
  • Low blood
  • Tired blood

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  1. Source: CDC: reproductivehealth/ maternalinfanthealth/ pregcomplications.htm
  2. Source: NHLBI (NIH): health/ health-topics/ topics/ ha/ signs
  3. ibid.
  4. Source: NHLBI (NIH): health-topics/ topics/ ida
  5. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  6. Source: NHLBI (NIH): health/ health-topics/ topics/ anemia/ diagnosis
  7. Source: NHLBI (NIH): health/ health-topics/ topics/ anemia/ atrisk
  8. Source: NHLBI (NIH): health/ health-topics/ topics/ anemia/ treatment
  9. Source: NHLBI (NIH): health/ health-topics/ topics/ anemia/ prevention
  10. Source: NHLBI (NIH): health/ health-topics/ topics/ anemia/ names

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