Anemia Specialist

Northern Virginia Gastroenterology, P.C.

Gastroenterology & Hepatology located in Centreville, VA & Sterling, VA

More than 3 million Americans have anemia today, and it’s often a sign of an underlying gastrointestinal health issue. At the nationally-recognized practice, Northern Virginia Gastroenterology, P.C., with offices in Centreville, Sterling, and Chantilly, Virginia, the team of expert gastroenterologists, including Lance Lasner, MD, and Nisha Chand, MD, offers the best in digestive system care. If you have symptoms of anemia, like tiredness and dizzy spells, call the office nearest you or click the provided link now.

Anemia Q&A

What is anemia?

Anemia is a condition in which you don’t have adequate healthy red blood cells or your red blood cells don’t work like they should. Your red blood cells contain hemoglobin, the iron-infused protein that connects to oxygen and then delivers it throughout your body.

Anemia occurs in many forms, but the most common types include iron-deficiency anemia and vitamin B-12 deficiency (pernicious) anemia. Both can cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms and they may lead to serious health issues. 

The most common cause of iron-deficiency anemia is chronic gastrointestinal bleeding, and the most common causes of pernicious anemia include weakened stomach lining and autoimmune illness. 

What are the symptoms of anemia?

Anemia symptoms commonly include:

  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Chest pain
  • Cold extremities
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Headaches
  • Pale or yellowish complexion
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Weakness

If you have anemia, your symptoms may range from nonexistent to severe. If you try to donate blood and you’re told that you can’t do so because of low hemoglobin, schedule an appointment at Northern Virginia Gastroenterology, P.C. to find out if you have anemia.

How is anemia diagnosed? 

Anemia diagnosis requires a simple blood test. A member of the caring Northern Virginia Gastroenterology, P.C. team can take a blood sample for lab testing. 

A complete blood count (CBC) is the most common test for anemia. This test checks the number of blood cells in your blood, with particular emphasis on the red blood cells and hemoglobin levels. 

Anemia diagnosis occurs when you have a blood test with a hemoglobin level of less than 13.5 hm/dl (for men) or less than 12.0 gm/dl (for women).

How is anemia treated?

Anemia treatment involves finding the root cause of your anemia and then addressing that specific issue. Your treatment may include medication, minimally invasive endoscopic treatments, or, in the most severe cases, blood transfusions. 

You’ll likely need iron supplements if you have iron-deficiency anemia, and you may need vitamin B12 injections monthly to correct pernicious anemia. The Northern Virginia Gastroenterology, P.C. team can create a fully customized treatment approach that meets all your needs. 

For compassionate help and rapid anemia symptom relief, call Northern Virginia Gastroenterology, P.C. or click the online scheduling link now.