Symptoms & Causes of Anemia

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Anemia is caused by decreased iron-carrying capacity in the blood due to blood loss, iron deficiency, iron-poor diet, vitamin deficiencies or certain diseases. Identify the symptoms of anemia, such as chest pain, fatigue and shortness of breath, with help from a nurse and respiratory care practitioner in this free video on anemia symptoms.

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Symptoms and causes of anemia. Red blood cells are decreased. The iron carrying capacity is decreased. That means that the oxygen levels will be decreased because the oxygen is carried on the red blood cell. It can be due to blood loss, iron deficiency, iron poor diet, vitamin deficiencies, other diseases such as cancer, kidney failure, rheumatoid arthritis. Those are all kinds of other diseases that can cause this decrease blood cells that would cause anemia. Also aplastic anemia, bone marrow disease, hemolytic anemias and sickle cell anemia are just a few of the anemias. Now the symptoms of anemia are usually chest pain, shortness of breath and you would understand probably that the shortness of breath and the chest pain may come from the decreased blood cells that's carrying the oxygen that would cause the chest pain. A person may present with dizziness and decreased concentration, loss of memory, their skin would be pale, they'll have an irregular heart rate and increased heart rate, will be very tired. Fatigue is always accompanied with these disease and their extremities will be cold because of the lack of the oxygen that's going to the extremities. They could even be numb, the extremities could and they would usually present with headaches.


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