What is anemia? There are several types of anemia, but they all have something in common, a low blood count; specifically, a low hemoglobin and hematocrit. These are the parts of your blood that carry oxygen to the tissues, cells, and organs. Hemoglobin and hematocrit work together. When you don’t have enough of one, it usually means you have a deficiency in the other. Many things can affect your hemoglobin and hematocrit levels. If you have too little fluid in your body, as with dehydration, your hemoglobin and hematocrit can go up. If you have too much fluid in your body, as in the case of congestive heart failure which affects how your body gets rid of excess fluid, your hemoglobin and hematocrit levels can go down. The normal adult ranges for hematocrit are 40.7-50.3% in males and 36.1-44.3% in females.

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