2. Elevated Heartbeat

Anemia forces the cardiovascular system to work harder. Insufficient red blood cells or hemoglobin reduces oxygen transport to the organs and tissues. Inadequate delivery of oxygen from the lungs will drastically impact the heart and other tissues. An individual with anemia might experience an elevated heart rate because the organ must work harder to get oxygenated blood to the rest of the body. The heartbeat is especially elevated after exercise or other exertion.


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