In addition to making you feel tired and weak, anemia can be a sign of an underlying medical condition like cancer or kidney disease. Internal medicine physician Sanjay Khedia, MD, treats anemia in adult and elderly patients at his office in Covina, California. Dr. Khedia also visits hospitals and nursing homes in the area. If you suspect you or a loved one has anemia, call or book an appointment online today.
Anemia is the most common blood disorder, affecting over 3 million Americans. When you have anemia, your body doesn’t have enough healthy red blood cells or hemoglobin — an iron-rich protein that plays an important role in transporting oxygen throughout your body.
Without adequate hemoglobin, your tissues and organs don’t receive enough oxygen. This can make you feel tired or weak.
For these reasons, anemia is sometimes known as iron-poor blood or tired blood.
When your body doesn’t get enough oxygen, you may experience one or more of these common signs and symptoms of anemia:
Anemia symptoms vary from person to person. The best way to find out if you have anemia is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Khedia.
There are several types of anemia, each with its cause. Iron deficiency anemia is the most common type, caused by low levels of iron in your body. Iron is essential for making hemoglobin, which your red blood cells need to carry oxygen.
Other common causes of anemia include:
In some cases, heavy bleeding — such as a stomach ulcer — can lead to anemia.
Dr. Khedia can diagnose anemia with a physical exam, a review of your medical history, and blood tests. If you have anemia, he may order additional diagnostic tests to determine the underlying cause.
Treatment depends on the type of anemia you have and its cause. For anemia that’s caused by iron or vitamin deficiency, Dr. Khedia may recommend taking iron or vitamin supplements or changes to your diet. Some types of anemia may require more extensive treatment, such as blood transfusions or surgery.
If you feel too tired or weak to complete normal activities, call the office of Sanjay Khedia, MD, or book an appointment online.