About one in seven women aged 55-64 have anaemia with the prevalence even higher in women in the 15-44 age group.
Anaemia of chronic disease is an insidious condition that can go undiagnosed. Caused by a range of different conditions, it can be the early sign of a serious underlying disorder.
Tiredness and pallor are of course the classic symptoms of anaemia but as our new learning unit on the Anaemia of Chronic Disease details it can prompt a range of symptoms including palpitations and a fast heart beat.
Nurses can come across people with this condition in primary care and in hospitals. The case scenarios in our learning unit include a 45-year-old woman with headaches and loss of concentration, a 65-year-old man with diabetes at an annual review and complaining of tiredness and a 68-year old woman with fatigue and loss of appetite.
Anaemia can be easily overlooked as it is often not the main presenting problem. Take our new learning unit on the anaemia of chronic disease and find out more about how to spot, diagnose and treat this often neglected condition.