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Anemia (Iron Deficiency)

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Anemia (Iron Deficiency)

Red blood cells provide oxygen to your body's tissues. When your body does not have enough healthy red blood cells, you can develop iron deficiency anemia. It can lead you to feel weak and tired, and look pale. There are many forms of anemia, and you should see your physician for a proper diagnosis as anemia can be a sign of a more serious illness.

Jefferson Health physicians will conduct a thorough examination and order blood tests to diagnose your condition. Depending on the severity of your anemia, treatment options include:

  • A daily multivitamin with iron
  • A change in diet
  • An iron supplementation to provide enough iron in your body
  • A blood transfusion, if severe

If your care warrants input from specialists, Jefferson Health has medical professionals devoted to research into the causes of a wide variety of diseases of the blood, and to the diagnosis and care of patients with blood and lymphatic diseases.

Since anemia can also cause a shortness of breath, you may be seen by a physician who is an expert in pulmonary and critical care medicine. Jefferson Health is rated as high performing for Pulmonology by U.S.News & World Report.