Symptoms of anemia can include

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Pale skin color
  • Feeling cold
  • Behavioral changes, such as lack of interest, confusion, agitation, or depression
  • If you have heart disease and anemia, you may notice an increase in chest pain or swelling in your ankles.

Since all these symptoms above can also be caused by other problems, you’ll need a physical examination and blood tests to determine whether you have anemia. Sometimes a person may not notice any symptoms, but anemia will be identified by an abnormal result on a routine blood test (such as a blood test that is part of your annual check-up).

Even mild anemia can lead to a lower quality of life.  For example, a little muscle weakness and frailty combined with a little less balance can increase the risk of a fall, which would have a major impact on quality of life.


Last Updated July 2020