The Effects of Having Anemia
If feeling tired and weak is a normal part of your everyday, you may be suffering from anemia, a blood disorder in which your healthy red blood cells don’t carry enough oxygen to your body's tissues. The condition affects over three million Americans, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
At GMB Hematology & Oncology, our skilled professionals are experts in the treatment of blood disorders including anemia. Count on our compassionate team to deliver state-of-the-art care and compassionate support for the best possible patient experience.
Poor diet, infections, chronic diseases and medical conditions, and increasing age can all play a part in the development of anemia. In addition to fatigue and weakness, other symptoms can include shortness of breath, dizziness, irregular heartbeat, and chest pain. But signs and symptoms can easily be overlooked or attributed to other factors. In fact, many people do not even realize that they have the condition until it’s identified in a blood test.
There are several different types of anemia, the most common of which is iron-deficiency anemia, usually due to blood loss and/or poor absorption of iron. Sickle-cell anemia is an inherited condition in which the red blood cells are rigid and clog the circulation because they are unable to flow through small blood vessels. Chemotherapy used to treat various cancers often impairs the body's ability to make new red blood cells, resulting in anemia.
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Treatment depends on the underlying diagnosis and can involve the use of supplements, medications or blood transfusions for blood loss. At GMB, we’re dedicated to providing a full spectrum of state-of-the-art, compassionate care for blood disorders and cancer. For more information on the many services we provide, give us a call today.