Information for You
When your red blood cell count is low, you
have anemia. Red blood cells are produced
in the bone marrow. They carry oxygen
throughout the body. When there are fewer
red blood cells, the body tissues may not get
enough oxygen. Anemia can be measured
by a blood test. The table below lists the
There are many causes of low red blood
cells: too little iron, blood loss, cancer,
genetic disorders, and medicines.
Signs and Symptoms
Shortness of breath
Ringing in the ears
Pounding heart rate
Iron supplements, vitamins, hormones or
growth factors may be used. Blood
transfusions may be needed.
Ways to Reduce Symptoms
Plan frequent, short rest periods.
Change positions slowly.
o Lying to sitting
o Sitting to standing
Stand awhile before walking.
Eat a well balanced diet and drink lots of
Exercise to lessen feelings of fatigue.
Talk with your doctors and nurses about
an exercise plan.
Ask for HFFY #4384, Managing
When to Call Your Doctor
Call if you have light-headedness, shortness
of breath, pounding heart, or chest pain.
Please feel free to call Dr._______________
_____ a.m. to ____ p.m. at ______________
or you can reach the clinic nurses at
____________________ from _____ a.m. to
____ p.m. if you have questions or concerns.
The Spanish version of this Health Facts for
You is #6251.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
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person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 9/2017 University of Wisconsin Hospitals
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Men 40-52% 13.6-17.2
Women 34-46% 11.6-15.6