Anemia is characterised by a lack of red blood cells.
The major protein in your red blood cells is haemoglobin. It transports and distributes oxygen throughout your body. If you have anemia, the amount of haemoglobin in your body will be below average. Anemia is diagnosed by low haemoglobin or hematocrit level on a standard blood test.
Signs and Symptoms
Symptoms of anemia might vary
- Feeling dizzy, lightheaded, or like you’re about to pass out
- Heartbeats that are too fast or abnormal
- Pain in your bones, chest, belly, and joints
- Growth issues in children and teenagers
- Breathing problems
- Pale or yellow-tinged skin
- Cold hands and feet
- Weakness or exhaustion