When to see a doctorBy Mayo Clinic staff
A low hemoglobin count is often discovered during a complete blood count test. If your test reveals you have a low hemoglobin count, ask your doctor what this means for you.
Make an appointment if you have signs and symptoms
If you experience signs and symptoms of a low hemoglobin count, make an appointment with your doctor. Signs and symptoms may include:
- Faster than normal heartbeat during exercise or activity
- Feeling short of breath
- Lack of energy during your usual activities
- Pale skin and gums
Your doctor may recommend a complete blood count test to determine whether you have a low hemoglobin count or whether your signs and symptoms are caused by something else.
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