The Heart of the Matter - Iron Deficiency Anemia (IDA) and Irregular Hearbeat

In this segment of The Anemia Red Flag Diaries entitled The Heart of the Matter - Iron Deficiency Anemia and Irregular Heartbeat, Ronnetta Griffin shares her experience with heart irregularities, palpitations and shortness of breath...which turned out to be a tremendous "red flag" for her Iron Deficiency Anemia (IDA).

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1. Karen Swift wrote:
I had a really rapid heart rate going in excess of 135 beats per minute upon standing, since taking Iron supplements it is very slowly returning to normal, my Doc said it could take up to 6 month fro everything to go back to normal because I was so anemic, having an iron level of only 7.5, I am glad I found you web site, the information is great and it is comforting to know that this will get better and that I am not alone in the fight against Anemia..

Fri, April 4, 2014 @ 7:08 AM

2. D. Stuart wrote:
For a while now I have been fatigued, had heart palpitations, have a hard time focusing (fogginess) and crunched ice like nobody's business. I thought it maybe due to stress. I work full-time and go to school full-time. I also thought it was because I was over weight. I have told my regular doctor that I had these symptoms before and they looked at me like I was crazy or told me I needed to lose weight. Which is true but that isn't the cure all for everything. I recently decided to go to a county doctor because I work for the county. The county in which I work has hired their own doctors and employees do not have to pay anything not even prescriptions. I went in because the palpitations were getting so bad at night that they would awaken me. It was scary. The doctor I saw was a young doctor. He seems really eager to do the right thing and to make me feel better. He first put me on blood pressure medicine. Today I went in and he took blood work to check to see if I was Anemic. He said the symptoms that I have are red flags for that. He said that being Anemic can raise your blood pressure. I go back next Monday to find out the results. I hope I can wait that long. It is horrible not to be able to sleep at night when you can hear your heart beating so loudly.

Mon, June 16, 2014 @ 10:28 PM

3. Ophelia wrote:
I am going through a very difficult period but everything that your have talked about in iron deficiency and all the heart symptoms is what I am experiencing very badly.
I am scheduled for IV with iron- 3 sessions- the first one being on July 15,2014. I am so happy to find this site and your explanations are so correct to my scenario. I have done so many tests and they have come out negative. It is now anemia that I have. My doctor said I have anxiety but your video touched on this as well and I am happy to find this video.
Thank you, thank you and thank you.

Thu, July 10, 2014 @ 9:59 PM

4. Deb wrote:
I am also so glad someone shared your site with me.

I too have many red flags, Shortness of breath, AFIB (comes and goes) with racing heart. (it now stays over 100 most of the time). I have RA for 30 years and numerous other health conditions now.

I was treated this year with small cell right lung limited cancer. Thank God the chemo and radiaition are finished. Now to mend.

But I am very concerned about the RBC numbers. I did have a red blood cell infusuion back on June 2014. My heart rate went down in the low 80's and stayed there 3 days then jumped over 100 again and now stays there. Recently my Cardio Dr did a Hemogram, my numbers are low and some below normal, but not low enough to have red blood cells again.

The fatigue is so great and extreme and they say it is from the chemo and radiation, but I had this before I had those.

I am still searching for answers. I did find a wonderful iron supp call Hema-Plex that worked good for me. I took it for a couple years, my numbers got better and I stopped, now they are so low again. I see Chemo Dr. next week and will ask about this and how do we go about getting my numbers up and see what he has to say.

I need a good education on this anemia thing.

Thank you for this support site!

Wed, August 20, 2014 @ 4:08 PM

5. Rose wrote:
Hi, I am dealing with anemia and I have good days and bad days. I have found that stress and a hectic schedule makes it worse. This cannot be avoided, however, since I am a student and also have to work. I eat iron rich foods and am taking iron pills, but it is still so hard to simply wake up and get moving because of the exhaustion. I used to work out a few times per week, but do not even have the energy for that. Thankfully, I teach dance twice per week so that gets me moving. I also work retail, and after 5-6 hours of standing I feel extremely weak. Do any of you relate to that? Perhaps I should ask if I can sit (if my doctor writes a note). I feel like I am in an endless battle with just feeling good. After a full weekend of work (frid thru sund) I have to have a day to recover...I would appreciate your feedback!

Mon, February 22, 2016 @ 4:31 PM

6. Tina Vazquez wrote:
Rose I felt like I was reading something I had written about myself! My sx are nearly identicle. I started oral supplements 2 weeks ago and started eating iron richer foods and I'm sitting here wondering why I can't "kick this"! I did not expect the low energy, lack of motivation, etc to continue like this...I'm wondering just how long this really takes. My iron level was at 13 2 wks ago, Hgb was 9.4, and transferrin binding (?) was 3%. I feel almost the same as I did 2 wks I'm pinned to my sofa! Anyone that can give me an idea how on got takes for oral iron supplement 2x/day will take til I will start feeling normal again?

Tue, February 23, 2016 @ 4:02 PM

7. Tasha wrote:
So glad I'm not alone. Thank you all for sharing. I've been taking oral supplements for 7 weeks now (325mg) and after my blood work I have to take it twice a day. The doctor said he'll check my levels in 3 months. 3 months??!!!! He has no idea how I feel. I have the same symptoms everyone else is having. I'm exhausted all the time, I'malmost always out of breath! I've lost almost 40lbs, but physically I feel 40lbs heavier! Glad I'm not alone! Praying for healing for us all!!!!

Fri, May 13, 2016 @ 6:02 PM

8. Amy wrote:
Insomnia aswell is one of the most common symptoms that people with Anemia tend to ignore.
I've had anemia 2 years ago and I took Iron complements, it got better but the doctor decided to cut those supplements because they were a bit harsh on my tummy..I thought it was gone but it was actually getting worse gradually. I've had severe heart palpitations that led to sleepless nights and that led to a really bad anxiety which resulted in suicidal thoughts and depression. I missed my finals because I fainted multiple time and I ended up failing my senior year.
Now, I'm getting tested tomorrow and hopefully things will get better. One thing I've learned is to never neglect your health.
Just because Anemia is "curable" or "managable" as my doctor said doesn't mean we have to ignore it, now I always feel like my heart is going to suddenly stop.

Fri, June 3, 2016 @ 8:11 PM

9. Cathy Jones wrote:
For over a year I have been experiencing heart palpitations. I went to the ER several times because they were so strong. I really hard knock on my chest. They lasted for weeks on end and I got very frustrated because doctors would tell me it was due to stress and anxiety. I wasn't stressed at the time, I didn't feel anxious about anything and I kept trying to tell them but they wouldn't listen. My doctor then did a halter to watch my heart for 24 hours. PVC is what came up and he said it was due to stress and anxiety. Again, I couldn't think of anything that would make me stressed. I am 45 years old. I was prescribed Atenolol and it seemed to work so I chalked it up to anxiety. Then this past week I had a period that was really heavy. Heavier then I have had ever. My heart started palpitating again. It hit me like a ton of bricks. It has to be anemia because I have been taking my heart meds regularly. Doctors have a hard time taking my blood because my veins blow all the time. Turns out, that is a sign of anemia I didn't even know about. I am dizzy constantly. I thought it was my eyes, turns out not. So I narrowed down everything and it must be anemia. I started taking vitamins and an iron supplement. It has only been one day since I started the Iron but I hope it works. My chest is starting to hurt from the muscles being punched by the palpitations and I am tired all the time. I can't be tired at work I am always busy. Here is to fingers crossed that I get the palpitations to stop because I am about ready to cry and break.

Tue, August 23, 2016 @ 1:13 PM

10. DEANNA Gibbons wrote:
I Was Scheduled For Neck Surgery on August 22! But At The Last Minute!My Dr.s Office Called n Said I Was Uncleared due to My Anemia. I was at A 4. This was After I was Checked In n Admitted n Everything!! For Surgery. So I went to My Dr.s N Was Really Mad!! My Husband Took Off Work! My Sister Drove from CA. To NV. To Help Me! And I ALREADY Paid For it!! Anyway I Get To The Dr.s office. He Was Beating Around the Bush. And I Was Ofcourse T"D off!! Until He Said,I Would Have Died On The Table!!I Was Doing All the Stuff they told me to do!! Chest Xray,BloodWork.ekg! I Didn't Think about My Anemia!! But My Dr. Told Me When You are That Anemic! Your Heart Works 4+as Hard as A Normal Heart!! I Do Have Heart Palpitations!; EVERYDAY. And Insomnia! Only 44! But Have Been Anemic Pretty Much Half My Life! So I Have Learned Alot! NoOne Told Me about How Hard it is On Your Heart!! I'm glad I found this!! Thanks Everyone!!

Fri, September 2, 2016 @ 10:15 AM

11. Rati wrote:
Me i hâve iron incefiency last week i went to my doctor because i was feeling fatigue, dizzeness and my heart was beating rapidly. She told to take a blood test, next day i did it and i found out that my ferritin is 9.95 (low). i started tacking iron suplements 5days ago (3 months traitement). I just want to ask how much time does it take for the symptoms to go away?. Thani you for thia web site

Wed, January 4, 2017 @ 5:06 AM

12. Nikki wrote:
Where can I start. I have fibroids so that causes me to have heavy periods. Almost a year ago I started having tachycardia and palpitations very strongly before and during my period. My heart rate went up to 160! I have been to the ER so many times and all my tests are normal. I went to see a cardiologist, stress and echo are normal. So they put me on metoprolol but I still had heart palpitations. Last month I got tachycardia and heart palpitations and went to the ER and my hemoglobin was 7.2 so I got 2 pints of blood. I was all happy because I didn't feel the palpitations and my heart rate had lowered. I'm still very fatigued and I tried to exercise and the heart palpitations came back very strong. I'm so stressed about this I know I need my fibroids taken out but if my hemoglobin is 11.2 why am I having the palpitations. I'm still on the beta blocker but a smaller dose because my heart rate drops so low now. I'm confused and it seems no doctor can give me an explanation. My primary care doc say I need to exercise but I'm terrified of it since the heart palpitations start after I exercise. I just want my life back! I feel sad and scared all the time.

Thu, January 12, 2017 @ 12:23 PM

13. Weathergirl15 wrote:
Like all of you, I could have created the video or wrote this blog post myself. My thoughts and experiences mirror all of yours. I've been dealing with this for 4 years now, sadly. I was the one who pushed for blood work as my PCP's office, just dismissed me, after doing an eccocardiogram that revealed nothing. I went back the next day and said something is not right. I had sore/burnt tongue and all the loud heart pounding that had lasted for months. It appears that numerous abdominal/intestinal area surgeries and radiation to that area (due to past cancer) has left me in a situation that is very hard to resolve. I was diagnosed with iron deficient anemia and had 75+ iron treatment, and now despite, sufficient iron stores/levels -- FINALLY -- I still have anemia, based on hemoglobin symptoms, and therefore, still have the heart pounding, which keeps you up at night or wakes you up. It stinks because us folks with anemia really need our rest. Anyhow, wondering if anyone else also has/had anemia of chronic disease/inflammation instead and also would love to hear at what level of hemoglobin are you still symptomatic. I still have the difficulty catching my breath and am symptomatic at a 10.4 hemoglobin. I really need to be in the low 11's to feel semi-decent and not have the racing. I'm a mid-50's female. Thanks for starting this helpful information-sharing. Great not to feel alone.

Sun, January 22, 2017 @ 11:43 AM

14. Meg wrote:
So, I was diagnosed with iron deficiency anemia about 3-ish years ago after having extremely heavy periods, heavy , one super-jumbo tampon an hour heavy. Previous to this I was on birth control for about a year and with the birth control my periods were horrifyingly long and heavy. I also had extreme cramping which I don't have normally (seriously that shit is poison)! So I got off birth control and my periods were still super heavy. After three years I am still anemic, it is better when I am not on my period and I have more blood. But on my period I feel weak af, tired constantly (normal for a full time college student) but overly tired, also a heart palpitations that feel like a flip flop and scare the shit out of me. The iron pills make me nauseous #annoying. I'm so tired of being tired. I don't want to feel like this anymore. I don't want to worry that I'm dying because of something I can't control! I also have fibroids in my uterus which make things worse but I've heard that if you get them taken out they can grow back. I just want my life back. I'm exhausted! I hope it gets better soon!

Sat, February 11, 2017 @ 10:20 PM

15. Sabz wrote:
I received phone from Gynae Dr that I needed to visit emergency dep as am anaemic and need blood infusion. Upon going to the hospital they didn't know why I was there n after findings knew that I needed blood transfusion which didn't work because I had reaction anaphylactic, gave me adrenaline injection. Kept me overnight n send me next day. Am B+ they gave O-, saying it was universal n can't do anything until 6weeks. Meanwhile am asked to go back to my GP n organise bowel cancer checkup or any other part of my body which is making my body becoming anemic. My heart is racing, I can't do anything around the house or walk down the stairs. I had a spleen laceration in car accident in 2014, curious, could it be the reason. I can't stop chewing ice feels like I am suffocating otherwise with swollen tongue

Tue, February 28, 2017 @ 2:25 AM

16. Ginelle wrote:
So how do I start? Am 15 and started seeing my period at 13 and since then i have the worst period cramps i develope fever evertime i see it and has to sleep as soon as i get the time to because am so tired abd worn out. So a month after my last period( i havent got it yet thank god) i started feeling faint and very weak and sleep to which i didnt pay attention to until i felt as if i coundnt breathe and have not excercise or move around for this to happen. My mom told me it was anxiety and stress but then my heart started racing then the anxiety came hard causing me to shake and have sleepless nights. I went to the hospital because my parents and i were scared and after the doctor visit i was said to have anemia i did a blood test two days later and found out that my iron was at 10 and i had sickle cell. But doctors say i may be wrong or i have the trait because i dont have symtoms in all my 15 years. I started taking a liquid iron supplument but it makes me so tired and seems not to work . So now am on hb plus and the progress is showing but the racing of the heart is still there some times i feel as if it stops beating and am gonna died. Its fastrating and depressing and am worring about when my period does come this month. I pray to god because am a beliver and christian aand have faith so sometimes i try not to be bothered. Most times i find my self checking for the heart rate. I did a blood test and it comes out normal but i lwarn that the heart racing doent means your blood pressure decreases. Think positive people and positive things will happen.

Sun, March 5, 2017 @ 7:27 PM

17. Ella wrote:
I just have found out today that I have lack of iron in my red blood cells. I am nervous about about getting any of these symptoms in my GSCES.

Tue, April 4, 2017 @ 1:01 PM

18. Nirx wrote:
Can anaemia cause red rashes? Cause I have them all around my body...
At first..they were actually caused by the blood infection but after taking the antibiotics,they were no longer on my body..but now I have them again..btw, I don't have allergy to food or animals.

My iron level is only 8 something and my hgb is 9.5..and yes..I have almost all of the anaemia symptoms..including heart palpitations,dizziness, fatigue,Shortness of breath even without exercise..nausea.. and I'm addicted to is even harder as a student and my public exam is drawing near..I spend more than 11 hours at school and I have extra classes and tuitions to attend everyday..and with my heath condition..I just want to sleep at school and it's difficult to concentrate

Thu, April 6, 2017 @ 12:48 PM

19. Ashley wrote:
Ok so in February 2017 I found out that my hemoglobin level was a 5.5 which is severe anemia. I was in the hospital for a blood transfusion and I was given 2 pints of blood. I lost a lot of blood because of my menstrual cycle. I was put on Levora (birth control) and given iron supplements. About two weeks later I went back for a checkup to see if my blood and lab tests were normal and they were. My hemoglobin level went up to 8.9. Since then I'm continuing to take my birth control and iron supplements. But I'm concerned because I can still see my heartbeat through my shirt and its already May. I don't know if it's because I'm still recovering from my anemia. I don't believe I've ever seen my heartbeat prior to becoming anemic. DOES ANYONE KNOW IF THIS IS NORMAL AND IF IM STILL RECOVERING? I was also taking setraline (Zoloft) for depression and anxiety. I recently quit taking zoloft because i feel like my legs were vibrating and my muscles are twitching. The doctor said I don't need to take them anymore because based on my survey I was taking I'm not depressed anymore. So I'm seeing if those symptoms will go away now that I'm not taking Zoloft. Please help!! Any feedback would be great

Wed, May 24, 2017 @ 3:08 AM

20. Diane wrote:
I have had mild palpitations on and off for years around menses. I used to take magnesium citrate and it helped. This year we bought a new house and the heating vents were loaded with toxic mold. My family suffered many symptoms. We shut off heat in March and are installing a mini ductless to be safe. My kids were breathing like they were a fish out of water. My symptoms included loss of taste, brain fog and all anemia symptoms. I took vit b 12 and a complex B. This helped a lot. I took ashwagandha (Ayurvedic herb) and it seemed to help especially with stress by leveling my thyroid. I also take vit D because when you are infected with mold/fungus/yeast, this microbe uses your vitamins to grow. Analogous to when you are pregnant and the fetus uses your vitamins to metabolize and grow. Vitamin D3 is used for so many processes in your body. It is vital like iron. And lately I have been taking iron (slow FE) and now I can say I have no noticeable palpitations. I don't take any medicines though and so I don't know how all these supplements would react if I did. I figured this all myself over time as every time I went to a doctor they always said I am fine. I hope this helps someone.

Wed, May 31, 2017 @ 11:20 AM

21. Marcia wrote:
For the ladies-- For years I had been battling heart palpitations and fatigue on and off. Trips to the emergency room for tachycardia, feeling like I was dying and the docs would always say, "there is nothing wrong with your heart". The palpitations and the fear of them happening were affecting my life- I was afraid to go far from my house, afraid to go places without my husband there,etc. After some googling my symptoms, (heart, fatigue, shortness of breath, ice chewing), I asked my doctor to check my iron. Sure enough, my iron levels were low. She told me it was iron deficiency anemia, most likely caused by my heavy periods, and sent me to my Gyn. My Gyn said at my age, 41, I had to do something to treat it, because left untreated it would be too great a strain on my heart. The option she was recommended was the Mirena iud (others were birth control pills and ablation to the uterus.) I was hesitant about the IUD because it had to be inserted and removed by a doctor, the idea of hormones seamed scary, and I had seen online could be a risk of blood clots. She told me that I didn't need to worry about a clot. My friend, a pediatrician specializing in adolescent sexual health said the same thing- that it only affects the clotting at a super micro level, not in a way that would cause a bloodclot. I found studies online, can't remember the site, but that said this is the safest birth control method and that there was no causality between Mirena and bloodclots. Well, I tried it, along with iron supplements for a couple months. My periods have just about disappeared along with the need to chew ice, the shortness of breath, and the palpitations! My iron levels are normal now because my blood supply is no longer being depleted every month. If you have heavy periods and it is causing you to be anemic ask your gyn about the Mirena IUD. Btw, this IUD is labeled for women who have given birth. There is a new one for women who have not had children, I can't remember the name, but your Gyn would know. Also avoid the copper IUD- it will make periods heavier, not lighter. Good luck to everyone!

Thu, June 1, 2017 @ 10:46 PM

22. wrote:
i am having my anemia right now and i am writing this while my heart race is going fast. my test said that my iron level is 2 but ive been tacking these pill that are increasing the symptoms.

Thu, August 3, 2017 @ 5:57 AM

23. Pilar wrote:
I'm 40 years old, and I've been having a lot of symptoms like you all from being anemic. It started with cramping and tingling in my legs., especially around my period. The worst feeling is the constant heart palpitations. When I went to the doctor about my symptoms, I thought it was anxiety. However the heart palpitations bring on my anxiety. Today I had an iron infusion, and I'm taking an iron pill daily. I can't wait to feel better. My EKG, and blood pressure are great. I also chew several cups of ice per day. Because I'm a mother of 5 I'm always tired, I due notice one week before my period I'm extremely tired. My total iron was a 3, and my hemoglobin was a 28. I've been anemic in the past 10 years ago and never had these symptoms. I pray I can shake these symptoms ASAP. I have 3 kids under 5 years old, and two are twins, 2 years old. My concern is how long does it take to feel better?

Wed, August 9, 2017 @ 3:28 AM

24. cilla wrote:
I almost died 4 years ago, couldnt breathe, was severly tired for months before getting sick and rushed to hospital, and my hb count was 5.5. I got a blood and iron transfusion, was aneamic. I am still battling with anemia and iron. I am on Ferrimed D.S and the depo contraception. Thanks for sharing your stories. I also experience the rapid heart beats.

Thu, September 7, 2017 @ 5:01 PM

25. Lynn wrote:
I am another sufferer of heavy periods. I have tried various contraceptive meds before now in the hope of stopping period, but they just made it runny as well as still heavy! So every time I'm on one I take ferrous sulphate 200mg tablets. My iron level sits between 12-13, not in the anaemic category but borderline. Especially with being a competitive cyclist and heavy bleeding every 2 weeks and 3 days,it would be was to really drop off. The time of the month knackers me silly, especially after the heavy bleed where I end up with low blood pressure/ringing ears, due to low blood volume and a dip in the right feel good female hormones. The last 2 months have been worse than usual, so a friend who runs the local health food store has recommended I take hema-plex in between periods, which is 42.2mg of elemental fumerate iron including other vitamins also. I eat lots of meat too. But because I'm borderline low iron, 12, I do worry a little on building up toxicity, but given regular heavy periods and heavy sweating through exercise, magnesium loss also, I'm probably ok on this. Also I think a women's iron level should be more or less in line with a man's, so about 14 average to not be dipping into low iron problems!

Wed, September 13, 2017 @ 8:56 AM

26. simonne berriman wrote:
I recently mentioned to a Dr that I wondered why I always experienced low Iron... she advised that even though my numbers were acceptable by GP standards, she felt that it was still too low, she suggested I continue to take Iron tablets for at least 5 days of the week...always! she said that we just cant get the amount needed from our diets now. I am slightly sceptical even though I can see how I have needed it all these years. Over the years I have often felt unwell.. and then eventually find out I am anaemic! absolutely crazy..
I am now confused as to what is a good level.

Mon, October 9, 2017 @ 7:27 AM

27. Donna Harrell wrote:
I am 54 years old and off and on through my adult years I've dealt with anemia or being slightly anemic. Recently I have experienced what it's like to have extreme anemia symptoms. I had no idea what was happening to me. I thought first I had a slight stroke. Dizziness and light headed, and my heart was irratic. I could feel a flutter with every breath. At night I would lay there and my heart would thump so hard against my chest wall, then I would get up and my heart would start racing. I was so freaked out. I wasn't sure if I was having a heart attack, but yet had none of the usual heart attack symptoms. So I would just keep taking deal breaths until it slowed. I did so much reading about afib, stroke, and Arythmia it was all kinda scary and just caused me more anxiety which of course didn't help the matter. Then I talked to my twin sister about it, only to find out she had the same experience a few years ago. She had blood drawn and found out she was anemic. Of course! I had all the symptoms even the ice chomping, brittle nails, paleness, dizziness, confusion. It helped ease my mind so I purchased slow release iron, magnesium, and B12 as well as a BP machine. I am feeling better, and hope to eventually have my heart back to a normal beat. I still feel I light flutter with almost every beat, but the palpitations and tachycardia have gotten so much better. Thank you for your post it helps to know I'm not the only person that has experienced this. I'm hoping to have my heart back to a normal beat, I know I will take some time.

Fri, October 13, 2017 @ 2:09 AM

28. Rach wrote:
Hey guys, I had very similar symptoms to all of you, but let me tell you.... it gets better! When it all started I was dizzy all the time, headachy, and it felt like the ground was moving. I went to the doc multiple times and they told me I had anxiety... I knew somthing was wrong! So I actually got a new doc and she tested my iron levels and they were super low! (Ferritin was 6)! I’m vegan so I did not wanna take “normal” iron pills..... so now I take plant based iron pills twice a day and I feel so much better. I’ve been on them for about 7 months now......on my period and after my period I still get dizzy and have some heart palpations when I stand up. But over all I feel so much better... so y’all should start to feel better soon 😊😊

Sat, January 6, 2018 @ 10:20 PM

29. Cor wrote:
These comments are amazing to read! I’ve tried 6 different iron supplements for my ferritin level of 9, but they all mess up my stomach. I’m now about to try a heme supplement, which is supposed to be gentle. Even walking from my living room to the kitchen sends my pulse up to well above 100. Much like you all, I went to the doctor multiple times and they said ‘you have anxiety.’ My beating heart caused severe sleep problems last year but there’s nothing wrong with my heart. lo and behold my ferritin of 9- explains everything. I’ve been vegetarian for 10 years and was vegan for 5- bad decision for me I guess. I’m hoping and praying this supplement works for me without side effects. Thank you all for keeping the conversation going. It’s good to know it gets better and what I’ve been experiencing makes sense.

Sun, January 7, 2018 @ 12:40 PM

30. Kathryn wrote:
I am 55 and at the end of peri-menopause. I wish I'd seen this site 3 yrs ago. I had all of these symptoms: raising heart at night, palpitations, muscle fatigue. Turns out after blood tests my feratin was 0 and hemoglobin 8.0. Then i found out I had multiple fibroids which were causing heavy blood loss. Im happy to say, touch wood, that taking ferrous gluconate (300mg) has increased my ferratin levels to 24. My fibroids seem to have shrunk and my resting heart rate is around 60. My hemoglobin is now 14.0. The iron sipplements are not too bad on my stomach. I also take 2 calcium/magnesim D3 per day. My periods have now stopped. You have to be your own advocate.

Sat, February 3, 2018 @ 11:32 AM

31. Stacy wrote:
I have struggled with anemia/low ferritin for a decade. I take a ppi and my periods are super heavy. My ferritin has been 4 for many years. This past year I was at my momther in laws house and she said I looked dead. :( no lie. I immendiently went to the dr for a well visit. I was told my hemoglobin was 9.7 and ferritin 4. I got on iron right away and felt better so I got off of it. A few months later my hemoglobin was back up and my ferritin was 8 at the time and I started getting PVC's by the bucket full. 7 k a day or more plus NSVT. I was terrified. After 3 months I started back on my iron and within 3 days they went away. I got my hemoglobin up to 12.8 and ferritin 27 and I got back off the iron. Within 2 weeks all my symptoms came back again. PVC's, shortness of breath, fogginess and extreme tiredness. I kept telling myself how can this happen my iron is 12.8. I got back on the iron and the PVC's went away again. I have also been told I have inflammation of the heart. I believe it's from low iron and ferritin taking a toll on my body. I never got PVC's ever before but years of can't take it anymore. My Drs do not believe low ferritin can cause these symptoms but I know they can and do. My body needs constant iron right now to function. I'm currently taking now brand 36 mg twice a day.

Mon, February 5, 2018 @ 9:06 PM

32. Gloria anane wrote:
I have a sudden heart beat three weeks now.I check my HB and was 10.7 .so the doc said was very recommended ferroglobin for me.but have finished taking 1 bottle.afterwards recheclrd my HB and was 14.2.,mchc was 35.8,plt was 112_, pct was0.10,p-lcc,was 28 and lym was,3.09 but all was normal.I still have the heart palpitation .please what should I do,? Am 33 yrs old female

Wed, May 23, 2018 @ 8:40 PM

33. Cheryl wrote:
I have been reading the comments on your web site.I am a 61 yrs young female,I have chf and stage3 kidney desease,lupus.I to have had superventricular arrithmias.went to the emergency room twice,and was admitted on the second trip.had all the heart tests,tread mill echo of my heart.everything looked good,but
was told tread is 80% accurate and if i was still having problems a angio was in the picture. with it being 100% accurate but with complications associated with it.found out i have severe amemia and told to go to my hemotologist to find out why my blood is so low,have done all the gastro things and everthing was fine.since i have alot of cancer in my family background father,mother,sister,mothers siter,all have died of leukemia but my concern right now is my heart racing .140 pulse 160/94 chest pain if i perform the vagul manuveres is helps some but the supervantriculars are VERY SCARY.feels like this might be it for this 61yrs young female.thanks so much for letting me share my experinces with you

Tue, July 17, 2018 @ 2:32 AM

34. Liz wrote:
I feel so much relief reading these comments. 3 months ago I started getting really dizzy, short of breath, & tachycardia. Did some blood work & my Hb was 9.4. I was put on 90mg of iron until three weeks later when I could see my primary care doctor. At that time, the iron supplement had brought my iron up to 35, Hb up to 11.4, and ferritin to 11. I still had all of my previous symptoms & didn't feel any better than I did three weeks prior. Now, at my 3mo follow-up, my iron is in the 80s, Hb is 13.4, and ferritin is only 16 (seriously, only five points in 3 months...). My PCP seems to be cool with my blood work since everything is now within "normal ranges" but the only symptom that went away is the dizziness that made me feel like I was going to pass out. My iron supplements also gave me really bad acid reflux that I've started taking a PPI for. The most scary symptom is the random times that my heart feels like it skips a beat & flip flops. My muscles still feel very weak (especially in the morning and on my period), I always feel like I'm short of breath & am breathing to shallowly, and my heart races anytime I stand up or exert myself, in addition to the random times that it skips a beat & feels like my heart just drops. I know that if I see my PCP about this, that he'll want to refer me to a cardiologist, but it sounds like from these comments that the heart racing & heart skipping beats can be a side effect of the low ferritin. My PCP just thinks we should start looking at other reasons for my symptoms, but I think that this is all anemia related & that it's not been long enough to start thinking that it's something else. So I guess my question is how long did it take for the heart palpitation symptoms to go away? I got started on birth control, so my periods should start to improve, and I'm trying to wing myself off the PPI to hopefully improve how fast my ferritin goes up, so approximately how long should it take to feel normally again? I can tell that symptoms are definitely worse on my period, but they still are present in the middle of the month too.

I also have been trying to talk to my doctor about the possibility of doing an iron infusion since I'm in the middle of grad school & this is really interfering with school - has anyone else had any luck convincing their doctor to do an iron infusion just to raise their ferritin levels? And how effective the infusions were at relieving your symptoms?

Thu, September 27, 2018 @ 4:12 PM

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