Anemia

Pinnacle Health Group

Primary Care Practice located in Tampa, FL

Are you feeling more tired than usual? Do you feel dizzy or lightheaded? While these symptoms may be a sign of many conditions, it’s possible that you have anemia, a condition in which your body isn’t making enough healthy red blood cells. The experienced medical team at Pinnacle Health Group in Tampa, Florida, can conduct a comprehensive exam and blood test to determine if your symptoms are related to anemia. For an examination, call the office today or book online.

Anemia Q & A

What is anemia?

Anemia is a medical condition in which your body isn’t making enough healthy red blood cells to transport oxygen effectively. You may develop anemia from many different causes, including inadequate nutrient intake and underlying health issues.

What types of symptoms would I experience with anemia?

Anemia symptoms vary and may be so subtle you may not notice. But as your anemia worsens, so will your symptoms.

Common symptoms of anemia include:

  • Fatigue
  • Pale skin
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Frequent headaches
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Irritability or difficulty concentrating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Irregular heartbeat

If you’re feeling fatigued for unknown reasons, you should schedule an appointment with your Pinnacle Health Group provider for an evaluation.

What are the common causes of anemia?

Anemia can develop from many causes. Some of the most common include:

Iron-deficiency anemia

Iron-deficiency anemia is the most common cause of anemia. Iron is a mineral that comes from the food you eat and plays an essential role in the production of red blood cells. If you’re not getting enough iron-rich foods in your diet, including meat, beans, and certain vegetables, you may be at risk of this type of anemia.

Inadequate nutrient intake

In addition to iron, poor intake of vitamin B12 or folate can also affect red blood cell production and lead to anemia.

Chronic disease

Certain health issues, such as kidney disease or Crohn’s disease, may alter production of red blood cells and increase your risk of anemia.

Leukemia and certain infections can also alter red blood cell production and cause anemia.

How is anemia diagnosed?

Your medical specialist at Pinnacle Health Group conducts a comprehensive examination to not only diagnose your anemia, but to also identify the underlying cause. During your examination, your practitioner reviews your medical history and symptoms, and conducts a physical exam. To assess your red blood cells, your practitioner runs a blood test that measures red blood cell count, as well as the size of your blood cells.

What treatments can improve my blood count?

Treatment for your anemia may depend on the underlying cause. Since diet plays a central role in the most common causes of anemia, your provider may offer suggestions on diet changes you can make to improve your blood count. Dietary supplements may also be recommended.

Disease-specific treatments may be necessary for other causes of anemia.

Without proper treatment, anemia can affect your day-to-day activities, as well as your long-term health. For expert medical care, call Pinnacle Health Group or book an appointment online.