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I am a female and I was diagnosed with iron-deficiency anemia last week (hgb 9.4, hct 30.0) and was put on iron 2x/day. They suspect I might have an ulcer or something because I eat well and my periods are very light. I took the iron for about 4 days but it was bugging my stomach so I stopped, and I am going to be put on a prescription iron that is apparently more gentle. For the past week, though, I have had fairly persistent heart palpitations. Driving me nuts, but I don't feel dizzy or anything so I think it's not serious. Is this a common symptom? Any way to fix it besides time? Thanks for any help!
Hello,

I had a long time problem with severe anemia. My ferritin count was also very low. I definitely had a great deal of palpitations with this. Although I have other heart problems (leaking valves) my cardiologist said that my palpitations were coming from my anemia. I finally was given an iron transfusion that brought all my counts back to normal and my palpitations went away.

Just so you know - I took 2 iron pills a day for 7 month before I had the transfusion and they did not help at all. I also had normal periods and had all the tests to check for bleeding - colonoscopy, upper GI, endoscopy - all came out okay. My counts have all been good since the IV iron.
Let me say, I know how you feel. I too had no energy and was always cold. It was so bad that sometimes just getting out of bed took so much energy that I was exhausted after that. My Iron was 53, TIBC was 517....which suggested the iron defficiency anemia. Not to mention my Ferritin level was "Less than 5" I didn't even get an exact number on the lab result it was so low. I took iron twice a day for several months and I'm starting to feel a lot better. I have a little bit more energy, but still don't feel "great". I have also had the heart palpitations, but I am not sure if that is a part of it or not. Hope you feel better soon.


-Probie
This is so interesting! I started having major heart palps about 6 weeks ago (right after a death in the family) and have been to a cardio (my heart is fine but we found a congenital defect that's not the cause) and other test for possible tumors, etc. all negative. I've had other symptoms that have been associated to anxiety (pressure headaches, adrenalin rush feeling in head, chills, etc.) most have subsided to minor levels, but am still getting the heart palps - mainly at night. I've also noticed that if I have a glass of wine they are worse and hour or two later than if I don't drink. Most of the time, the palps are okay during the day. My GP finally tested me for anemia saying it could case heart palps and am now waiting for the results. It's interesting no one thought of this earlier. I've always been borderline anemic since I was a child and probably really haven't had it checked in many years (I'm 46).

I started taking a small supplement, but am waiting for results and recommended treatment if I am anemic. Thanks for sharing your experience.
I am 34 weeks pregnant and have been diagnosed with the same thing... was in and out of ER for heart palpitations and they have linked it to the anemia... so yes.. i guess that's common with iron-deficiency... Dr. said it's your heart working harder to pump the blood because it is so thinned out do to the lack of red blood cells.... Iron bothers my stomach too.. so i tried Slow Fe.. it's over the counter and i take it twice a day... hasn't bothered my stomach at all! so if the prescription you get doesn't help either try the slow fe.....
hope you feel better soon...
I'm 14 weeks pregnant and have been a serious runner for 10 years. Anyway have been running 30 miles a week until last week when heart palpitations set in and scared me--my thought is that my ferritin is very low--again. I've had such low ferritin levels that they don't register and am amazed I've somehow come to live with this. I will get back trying to do another iron supplement on top of prenatal vitamin. Always cold, somewhat depressed, ridged nails--I just generally cope.
I also had anemia that had to be treated with iron infusions. I went through a bunch of tests for heart, lung function, RA and on and on. They even found I had hepatitis c in the process and I got treated for that (it was horrible!). In the end, I had some bleeding in my colon at the site of a previous surgery. After two and a half years of feeling like crap, my GI finally cauterized the bleeding area and my GP prescribed iron pills. In the mean time I made and appt. with a hematologist. I'm so glad I did! She said the iron pills would take way too long, if they worked at all, and gave me Infed. It worked. I finally feel like I'm getting back to normal. Now I just have to lose the weight I gained from being so inactive for so long.





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