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What is anemia?

Anemia happens when your body is not making enough red blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen to all the cells in the body. The body's cells use oxygen to change the glucose we get from food into energy. Fewer red blood cells means less oxygen is sent to the cells. Without enough oxygen, your tissues and organs have less energy to perform their jobs.

Symptoms of anemia can include the following:

  • Feeling weak
  • Feeling tired or fatigued
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Pale skin and gums
  • Inability to think clearly

Untreated anemia can affect major organs like your heart and brain. Blood tests such as a complete blood count (CBC), hemoglobin test (Hb) and hematocrit test (Hct) can determine if you have anemia.

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