Also called:

  • Low red blood cell count
  • Low hemoglobin

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that anemia is the primary diagnosis for almost 800,000 patients that go to the emergency room for treatment each year. It also factors into about 5,500 per 100,000 deaths annually.

What is Anemia?

Iron deficiency anemia.The difference of Anemia amount of red blood cell and normal.
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People who experience this medical problem will feel weak and may even lose consciousness. The symptoms mimic many other conditions, though, so a person may not know that is what is going on with their body. For example, shortness of breath and chest pain may feel like a heart attack, but these can be symptoms of anemia, as well. 

There are different types of anemia, and each has a unique cause, so it’s important to understand the differences. For example, one form of anemia is due to impaired production of red blood cells while another comes from fluid overload. Understanding the origin of the condition is the key to getting proper treatment. 

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