HEART FAILURE AND ANEMIA

DEFINITION:

  • AFFECTS HALF OF CHF PATIENTS 
  • LIMITS THE ABILITY TO FUNCTION
  • CAN INCREASE DEATH
  • RECOMMENDED TO CHECK IRON LEVELS FREQUENTLY

 

SYMPTOMS:

  • FATIGUE
  • WEAKNESS

 

CAUSE:

  • IRON CREATES RED BLOOD CELLS
  • THESE RBC CARRY OXYGEN THROUGHOUT THE BODY
  • LOW OXYGEN LEVELS CAUSE FATIGUE AND THEREFORE ANEMIA

 

NUMBERS:

  • NORMAL FOR MEN: (76-198 mcg/dL)
  • NORMAL FOR WOMEN: (26-170 mcg/dL)

 

REPLEAT:

  • ORAL IRON DOES NOT WORK QUICK ENOUGH
  • IV IRON INFUSIONS WORK FASTER
  • IV IRON IMPROVES THE 6-MINUTE WALK TEST
  • IV IRON IMPROVES PEAK Vo2
  • IV IRON RELIEVES FATIGUE AND WEAKNESS
  • IRON-RICH FOODS ARE BETTER ABSORBED WHEN CONSUMED WITH VITAMIN C FOODS

 

IRON-RICH FOODS:

  • BEEF, PORK, LIVER
  • FISH (SARDINES & ANCHOVIES), SHELLFISH
  • BROCCOLI, KALE, TURNIP GREENS, COLLARD GREENS
  • LIMA BEANS, PEAS, PINTO BEANS, BLACK-EYED PEAS
  • IRON-ENRICHED PASTA, GRAINS, RICE, CEREAL

 

VITAMIN C FOODS:

  • ORANGES
  • BELL PEPPERS
  • STRAWBERRIES
  • POTATOES
  • BROCCOLI
  • TOMATOES
  • BRUSSELS SPROUTS
  • CABBAGE
  • CAULIFLOWER