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My daughter used to be health all 17 years until now. For a few months, she complains about fatigue, and chest pain we took her to the doctor. He has perform some testing and found her blood is not as it should be. He diagnosed her with anemia. I would like to know more about it, is that big problem and what should we do.

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Anemia, as one of the more common blood disorders, occurs when the number of healthy red blood cells decreases in the body. Anemia is a lower than normal number of red blood cells, known as erythrocytes in the blood. It is usually measured by a decrease in the amount of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the red pigment in red blood cells, its role is to transport oxygen. The cause varies with the type of anemia, but potential causes include blood loss, nutritional deficits, many diseases, medication reactions, and various problems with the bone marrow. Iron deficiency anemia is just one type and the most common in women who have heavy menstrual periods. Risk factors of anemia include heavy periods, pregnancy, older age, and diseases that cause anemia. There are many types and potential causes of anemia, and doctor will perform a physical examination, and will look for the presence of a pale complexion and rapid heart rate. Anemia can be confirmed by a red blood count or hemoglobin level, which her doctor probably has done already. Other tests depend on the type of diagnosed anemia. Treatment should be directed at the cause of the anemia, wether it is blood transfusions and the medication erythropoeitin.
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