Anemia Specialist

Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology

Gastroenterologists located in Flatiron, Gramercy, New York, NY

Mild anemia is a common condition that can happen to anyone, but it can also be a sign of a severe medical problem. Gastroenterologists Mihaela Galica Vladutiu, MD and Karim Sayad, MD diagnose and treat anemia at Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology in the Lower Manhattan district of New York City. If you consistently feel tired or weak, or if you have other symptoms of anemia, call Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology or book an appointment online today.

Anemia Q & A

What is Anemia?

If you have anemia, it means your blood contains a lower amount of red blood cells or hemoglobin than it should. Hemoglobin is a protein-rich iron that helps your red blood cells transport oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body.

If your body doesn’t get enough oxygenated blood, you’re likely to feel tired, weak, and dizzy. If left untreated, anemia can lead to serious health complications, such as heart failure.

What are the Symptoms of Anemia?

Anemia symptoms vary, depending on the underlying cause and type of anemia. They may be so mild at first that you don’t notice them. But they tend to progress as your condition worsens.

Common signs and symptoms of anemia include:

  • Tiredness
  • Weakness
  • Headache
  • Chest pain
  • Pale or yellowish skin
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Irregular heartbeats
  • Dizziness and lightheadedness

Who is at Risk for Anemia?

Anemia can happen to anyone, but the following factors may increase your risk of developing the condition:

  • A diet that’s low in iron, vitamin B12, and folate
  • Menstruation and pregnancy
  • Intestinal disorders, such as Crohn’s disease and celiac disease
  • A family history of anemia
  • Being over age 65

How is Anemia Diagnosed and Treated?

The team at Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology takes a comprehensive approach to patient care. They begin by performing a physical exam and reviewing the patient’s medical history.

If Dr. Vladutiu or Dr. Sayad suspect anemia, they can confirm the diagnosis with a simple blood test. If you have anemia, further tests may be necessary to determine the underlying cause. One of these medical conditions may be the cause of your anemia:

  • Stomach ulcers that bleed chronically
  • Colon polyps
  • Colon cancer
  • Kidney disease
  • Vitamin deficiency
  • Chronic inflammatory diseases, like Crohn’s disease or rheumatoid arthritis

Treatment depends on the type of anemia you have and whether or not there’s a more serious underlying condition. Mild anemia often improves with nutritional supplements and changes in your diet. More advanced conditions may require additional treatments, such as medications or appropriate procedures.

If you think you may have anemia, don’t hesitate to call Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology or book an appointment online today.