What is Anemia?

Anemia occurs when a person’s blood is low in red blood cells, or the red blood cells lack sufficient levels of hemoglobin (the iron-rich protein in red blood cells that binds to oxygen). As both transport oxygen throughout the body, a deficiency of either can cause fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath, dizziness, and headaches. If left untreated, anemia can cause organ damage and other serious problems. As the severity of this condition varies greatly, it is important to consult a Primary Care Doctor or Hematologist for treatment recommendations.


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