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How do I know if I have anemia?

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Your doctor will likely ask you about your medical history, do a physical exam, and order blood tests.

You can help by giving detailed answers about your symptoms, family medical history, diet, medications you take, and how much alcohol you drink. The 3 main causes of anemia are blood loss, low or faulty red blood cell production, or damage to red blood cells.

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians. The American Medical Athletic Association. Albemarle Pulmonary Medical Associates, PA. Gary W. Tamkin, MD, Attending Physician, Highland General Hospital -- Alameda County Medical Center, Oakland. Cornell University Department of Animal Science. CDC.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 28, 2019

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians. The American Medical Athletic Association. Albemarle Pulmonary Medical Associates, PA. Gary W. Tamkin, MD, Attending Physician, Highland General Hospital -- Alameda County Medical Center, Oakland. Cornell University Department of Animal Science. CDC.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 28, 2019

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