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Anemia

Interventional and Endovascular Surgery in Stockbridge and Camp Creek, Atlanta, GA

Anemia

Women develop iron deficiency anemia more frequently than men because heavy vaginal bleeding is a top cause, but another reason for anemia, hemorrhoidal bleeding, affects half of all people by age 50. No matter which condition causes your anemia, Kevin Carson, MD, CAQ, at Georgia Vascular Institute can restore your health. Dr. Carson is an interventional radiologist, vascular surgeon, and an expert in advanced embolization procedures that stop the bleeding. Call the office in Atlanta or Stockbridge, Georgia, today, or use online booking to learn more about safe, nonsurgical treatments for iron deficiency anemia.

Anemia Q & A

What is anemia?

Anemia occurs when your red blood cells can’t deliver enough oxygen to tissues throughout your body. The most common type of anemia, iron deficiency anemia, deprives red blood cells of the iron they need to produce hemoglobin — the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen.

 

What causes iron deficiency anemia?

The most common cause of iron deficiency anemia is bleeding. Health conditions like ulcers, intestinal polyps, colon cancer, and inflammatory bowel disease cause bleeding that can lead to anemia.

However, Dr. Carson specializes in treating anemia caused by:

Heavy menstrual periods

Heavy periods, a problem estimated to affect one-third of all menstruating women, are the top cause of iron deficiency anemia. Though several gynecological conditions lead to excessive bleeding, Dr. Carson treats heavy vaginal bleeding caused by uterine fibroids, noncancerous growths in the uterus.

 

Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids (piles) are blood vessels in your anus that get swollen and engorged with blood. Internal hemorrhoids commonly cause rectal bleeding. At first the hemorrhoids bleed during bowel movements, but they can get worse and bleed at any time or lose a lot of blood.

 

What are the symptoms of iron deficiency anemia?

You need iron and oxygen to energize your body. As a result, tiredness is the first sign of anemia. Other anemia symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Brittle fingernails
  • Sore tongue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Restless legs syndrome

Severe anemia may cause chest pain or an irregular heartbeat.

 

How is anemia treated?

Your treatment focuses on boosting your iron levels and targeting the underlying cause of your anemia. Dr. Carson treats anemia caused by uterine fibroids and hemorrhoids with advanced nonsurgical procedures that stop the bleeding.

The procedures, uterine fibroid embolization and hemorrhoidal embolization, need only a tiny pinhole cut above a blood vessel in your arm or leg. Dr. Carson inserts a flexible tube (catheter) into the vessel and guides it to the fibroid or hemorrhoid.

After the catheter reaches the target, Dr. Carson injects tiny particles or coils into the artery. They aggregate together, stopping blood from flowing into the fibroid or hemorrhoid.

Without blood, fibroids shrink and disappear and your symptoms improve. Hemorrhoidal tissues contain a large network of blood vessels. Blocking some of the arteries reduces pressure, which eliminates piles while preserving the hemorrhoidal tissues.

Call Georgia Vascular Institute today or connect online to request an appointment and learn about innovative treatments for anemia.