What are the Symptoms of Anemia?

Anemia is a medical condition in which the red blood cell count or hemoglobin is less than normal. The normal level of hemoglobin is generally different in males and females. Normal hemoglobin level is typically defined as a level of more than 13 gram/100 ml.

symptoms of anemia

Some patients with anemia have no symptoms. Others with anemia may feel:

  • Tired
  • Fatigue easily
  • Appear pale
  • Develop palpitations (feeling of heart racing)
  • Become short of breath

Additional symptoms may include:

  • Hair loss
  • Malaise (general sense of feeling unwell)
  • Worsening of heart problems

It is worth noting that if anemia is longstanding (chronic anemia), the body may adjust to low oxygen levels and the individual may not feel different unless the anemia becomes severe. On the other hand, if the anemia occurs rapidly (acute anemia), the patient may experience significant symptoms relatively quickly, and even with relative mild fluctuations of hemoglobin levels.