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What is Hemoglobin and What Causes Anemia? blood testing will also include an evaluation Blood in the body is produced by to see if your blood the bone marrow. Bone marrow is is breaking down tissue found in the center of large in the bloodstream. bones. Erythropoiesis means red blood Breakdown of the production. The origin of erythropoiesis blood can be seen in comes from Greek where “erythro” cases of autoimmune means “red” and “poesis” means “to make.” Erythrocytes are the primitive red disease, viruses, or valvular heart disease. blood cells made in the bone marrow. The hematologist Hemoglobin is a protein component of your red blood cells. It gives blood its red will typically perform a detailed color. Iron is one of the most important intake regarding ingredients to make hemoglobin. When your medications and the blood passes through the lungs, the medical problems. Certain medications, hemoglobin attaches to the oxygen. as well as chronic diseases such as chronic Hemoglobin is responsible for carrying the oxygen in your blood throughout your kidney disease, decrease the bone marrow’s ability to produce blood. Lastly, if all of your blood body, including to all your organs. The tests are unremarkable, a bone marrow biopsy will average red blood cell has a life span be considered. The purpose of performing a bone of 120 days. After that the remains of the red blood cells are transported to the liver marrow biopsy is to see if there is a problem in the bone marrow leading to the decreased production of and spleen for “recycling.” blood. Anemia is a condition where your body has a Most causes of anemia are reversible. It is reduced amount of red blood cells or hemoglobin. important to seek care for any altered blood count Symptoms of anemia include fatigue, shortness in a timely fashion. of breath, palpitations, dizziness, leg cramps, and difficulty concentrating. Anemia is usually due to blood loss, vitamin deficiency, decreased production of red blood cells by the bone marrow, or destruction of red blood cells. The most common cause of anemia is blood New Jersey Hematology Oncology Associates loss from the gastrointestinal system through bowel movements or excessive blood loss during Girish Amin, M.D. menstruation. Apurv Agrawal, M.D. An evaluation with a hematologist (blood specialist) entails testing to identify the cause Jayne Pavlak-Schenk, D.O. of decreased hemoglobin in the bloodstream. Randi Katz, D.O. Typically testing starts with checking iron, B12, and folic acid levels in your blood. A deficiency in Brick • 1608 Route 88 West, Suite 250 • (732) 840-8880 any of those vitamins can lead to low hemoglobin. Additionally, a test to check the bowel movements Toms River • 508 Lakehurst Rd., Suite 1-B • (732) 244-1440 for blood will be ordered. Besides blood loss being Whiting • 63D lacey Rd. • (732) 606-4060 the most common cause of anemia, it can also lead Neptune • 19 Davis Ave. • (732) 206-6226 to diminished iron in the bloodstream. Replacing Fax • (732) 840-3939 • www.NJHOA.com any deficient vitamins will help improve anemia. In the event that all of your vitamin levels are normal, Exceptional Care Without Exception By Apurv Agrawal, M.D.

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