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flowergirl2day--It can be very confusing I know. Too many iron references.....

I also had Tachycardia and ended up in the ER when I was anemic with no previous heart conditions. IDA decreases the size of the red blood cells (if it goes on long enough), cells are smaller and carry less oxygen to the heart and muscles. I believe that any other health condition either presents itself or becomes worse with anemia. It is much harder on the body than people realize.

Anemia is in stages related to iron stores in the body. 1. Depletion of iron stores, means a decreased Ferritin with no anemia. 2. Increased transferrin levels with no anemia. 3. Fall in serum iron with no anemia. 4. Development of normocytic, normochromic anemia. 5. Development of microcytic (much smaller cells), hypochromic (pale) anemia. This is the one that I had with Few Micro and Few Hypo cells. So you see you can have low iron levels (iron serum or decreased/lowered ferritin) and not be anemic. Hope that helps. FLFLOWERGIRL:)

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