Anemia is a condition where you don’t have enough healthy red blood cells, to carry oxygen throughout your body.
Anemia can be temporary or long term (chronic). In many cases, it’s mild, but anemia can also be serious and life-threatening.Anemia can happen because:
- Your body doesn’t make enough red blood cells.
- Bleeding causes you to lose red blood cells more quickly than they can be replaced.
- Your body destroys red blood cells.
Why you can die from anemia
Red blood cells carry oxygen throughout your body. When you don’t have enough red blood cells, your organs don’t get enough oxygen and can’t work properly. This can have severe consequences. Types of anemia that can potentially be life-threatening include:
Aplastic anemia is when your bone marrow becomes damaged, and your body therefore stops producing new blood cells. It can be sudden or get worse over time.