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Anaemia and Blood Screening

Overview

Anaemia is a condition that happens when the number of healthy red blood cells/haemoglobin in the body is decreasing. The smaller number of red blood cells that binds oxygen would cause the body to get easily fatigue as the organs lacks what they needed to properly function.

What Facts?

Anemia/Anaemia is described as a condition where a human body is lacking enough red blood cells or haemoglobin. The red blood cells/haemoglobin is a vital component towards the human health as it is the component that carries the oxygen throughout the entire body for the vital organs to work.

Relevance

The red blood cells (a.k.a. haemoglobin) is described as an iron rich-protein that gives the blood its red colour which carries oxygen from the human lungs to entire body and carry carbon dioxide from the entire body to the lungs to be exhaled. When the human body has limited amount of healthy red blood cells, it will start to affect their health. 

What Causes?

Anaemia occurs when the human body doesn’t have the number of red blood cells that it needs. The body would not have enough red blood cells due to these reasons:

  • Blood Loss
  • Vitamin B12 Deficiency
  • Destruction of red blood cells

How to Identify?

Most commonly doctors will ask about you and your family current medical history and :

  • Perform several physical test.
  • Full blood count (FBC) 
  • Remove a sample of bone marrow (rare cases)

What Symptoms?

The most common symptom of all types of anaemia is a feeling of fatigue and a lack of energy. Other common symptoms may include:

  • Pale or yellowish skin
  • Fast or irregular heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Headache
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Cold hands and feel

What to Do?

Make an appointment with your doctor if you’re feeling fatigued and you don’t know why. Don’t assume that fatigue completely determines that you are anemic. Some people learn that their hemoglobin is low, which indicates anemia, when they donate blood. If you’re told that you can’t donate because of low hemoglobin, make an appointment with your doctor.

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