Iron deficiency anaemia (IDA) is a common condition affecting approximately 12% of our South African population. It is a condition in which blood lacks adequate health red blood cells needed to carry oxygen to the body’s tissues.
This results in significant morbidity – with patients experiencing extreme fatigue, weakness, racing heart beats (tachycardia), shortness of breath, dizziness, headaches, cold hands and feet, brittle nails, unusual cravings (ice, sand, paper) and poor appetite.
Many people respond to oral iron therapy – however, for those who remain symptomatic despite optimal treatment doses and time – intravenous iron replacement is indicated. Patients undergo their infusion in Dr. Coovadia’s fully equipped infusion room and report significant improvements in their symptoms.
Please feel free to contact Dr. Coovadia’s team should you have any queries relating to iron replacement therapy.