Iron overload increases the risk of life-threatening complications

Risks of iron overload

the risks of transfusional iron overload

Iron overload increases the risk of cardiac events, liver cirrhosis, renal failure and other life-threatening complications. 
Monitor Iron Levels

iron levels regularly

Help them stay on track by monitoring their iron level regularly. 

about body iron load

Educating your patient, their family and the rest of their healthcare team is essential to optimize patient care. 

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Quick reminder

One unit of blood contains approximately 200 mg of heme iron. That’s > 100x the amount absorbed from the diet daily.

In cases where a patient with transfusion-dependent anemias requiring 2 units of blood per month would receive 20 g of iron after 4 years. That’s > 7x the normal total body mass of iron.

The number of blood transfusions is a predictor of iron overload. Ask patients to keep track of any transfusions they receive.

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