Hca 240 Wk 4: Blood Disorders

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Blood Disorders
HCA 240
February 20, 2011

Blood Disorders
There are several different blood disorders that can affect the body. In this paper I am going to cover a few of them. I will be talking about the disorder itself, what causes the disorder, how the disorder is diagnosed, how the disorder is treated, and what can be done to prevent the disorder. Iron Deficiency Anemia

Iron Deficiency Anemia is one form of blood disorder. Iron Deficiency Anemia is a form of anemia in which there are not enough red blood cells in the blood due to a lack of iron in the body. There are several causes that include not having enough iron in your diet, the body not absorbing iron the way that it is supposed to, bleeding inside that body that could be due to an ulcer or hemorrhoid, and also heavy menstrual bleeding. Symptoms of this blood disorder include feeling weak or getting tired easily, feeling dizzy, pale skin, getting grumpy or cranky easily, shortness of breath, and having trouble concentrating. Iron Deficiency Anemia is easily diagnosed. The diagnosis starts out by visiting your physician. The physician will ask you several questions about your condition and your symptoms. You will have your blood drawn and a complete blood count to look at the red blood cells and an iron test will probably also be done. After being diagnosed with Iron Deficiency Anemia the physician will prescribe an iron pill. In a few days you will probably start to feel better but you have to continue taking the iron. Even though you feel better the amount of iron in your body has to be built up so you will have to continue taking the iron pills for a few months. If the physician has been able to figure out an exact reason for the anemia then you will more than likely be treated for that problem as well. Iron Deficiency Anemia is easily prevented in most cases. Eating the right amount of iron each day is the best way to prevent it. Iron rich foods include peas, beans, oatmeal, prunes, eggs,...
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