Looking Out for the Signs of Sickle Cell Anemia
Sickle cell anemia is an inherited disease that affects the health of red blood cells. Normal red blood cells have a rounded disc shape that allows them to flow easily throughout the bloodstream. When red blood cells are affected by sickle cell anemia, they take on a crescent shape that can cause them to stick together and accumulate in blood vessels. This common side effect of sickle cell anemia can lead to severe pain. Because sickle cell anemia can make it more difficult for oxygenated blood to reach the cells of the body, individuals with this condition may feel frequent exhaustion. Breathing difficulties and feelings of faintness can occur as well. If left untreated, sickle cell anemia can cause significant damage to organs, making professional symptom management essential for sickle cell disease sufferers.
If you are exhibiting signs of sickle cell anemia, West Hills Hospital can help. Call our Consult-A-Nurse services at (818) 676-4000 today to speak with a qualified nurse about your condition. You can also go to our website for more information about our healthcare options for the West Hills community.