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Symptoms of Anemia

Symptoms of Anemia: Introduction

Symptoms of anemia can vary greatly from person to person, depending on the severity of anemia and the underlying cause. Symptoms can be mild to severe and can include symptoms of complications, such as hypotension and shock.

In anemia, there are a low number of red blood cells in the blood. Red blood cells contain the protein hemoglobin, which is vital to carrying oxygen to the cells of the body. Symptoms of anemia can be vague and include feelings of sluggishness, tiredness, weariness, fatigue, exhaustion, weakness, or low energy due to a general lack of oxygen that is available to the cells.

Shortness of breath can occur due to a low amount of hemoglobin that is available to carry oxygen from the lungs to the cells of the body. Low blood pressure (hypotension) can also result from anemia due to a lack of a sufficient amount of red blood cells in the blood to create enough blood volume to maintain normal blood pressure.

This can lead to sensations of palpitations, due to a lack of oxygen that can be delivered to the heart, resulting in a rapid heart rate. When the brain does not receive enough oxygen due to anemia, a person can experience vertigo or a feeling of faintness. Fainting (syncope), falls, and injuries can occur. There can also be difficulties with concentration and problems with memory. Serious life-threatening complications of severe anemia include shock, stroke, coma and death.

Other symptoms of anemia can include bleeding, vomiting blood, black tarry stools (melana), fever, severe bone pain, abdominal pain, weight loss, loss of appetite, and depression. Symptoms can also include flu-like symptoms, muscle aches, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Because anemia is a symptom of an underlying disease, condition or disorder, some of which can be serious, any symptoms of anemia should be evaluated by a physician or other licensed health care provider....more about Anemia »

Symptoms of Anemia

The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Anemia includes the 26 symptoms listed below:

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Anemia: Symptom Checkers

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Anemia: Complications

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Wrongly Diagnosed with Anemia?

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Anemia as a Cause of Symptoms or Medical Conditions

When considering symptoms of Anemia, it is also important to consider Anemia as a possible cause of other medical conditions. The Disease Database lists the following medical conditions that Anemia may cause:

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The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Anemia. This signs and symptoms information for Anemia has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Anemia signs or Anemia symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Anemia may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Anemia symptoms.


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