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Chest Pains: can they be due to Anemia?

Patient: I am a diabetic and the Dr said I have anemia lately I have had all of a sudden severe shortness of breath to the point my middle chest hurts with a physical hurt that makes you want to cry with pain the only fix is to breath deeply in and out and just sit still till it passes could this be my heart or diabetes or from the anemia.

 

 

Doctor: From what you have described my primary diagnosis would be that this shortness of and chest pains are occuring due to th e anemia. In Anemia the hemoglobin cells are low and thus since they have the capacity to carry oxygen to the organs and the rest of the body, if the anemia is infact severe it leads to chest pains and shortness of breath due to the decreased oxygen carrying capacity of the blood. You need to recheck you complete blood count and if the hemoglobin level is very low or the symptoms are becoming worse you need to be started on iron pills. Having said this I would also like to stress that it also could be a heart problem and thus you need to get a basic ECG and lipid levels and a stress test done. I hope this helps.

 

 

Comments / Follow Ups

Guest: This is the same thing happening to me but my o2 is 99% and heart rate 100 when happening

 


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Dr. Jimmy Obaji M.D.

Dr. Jimmy Obaji M.D.

Dr. Jimmy Obaji completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Manitoba. He currently operates a walk-in-clinic in downtown Toronto.

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