Fatigue, or a lack of energy, can impact how we live our lives. Physical fatigue is a common symptom of heart failure and of iron deficiency.1-3 When your body does not have enough iron, muscle cells cannot effectively produce energy and also, there could be less oxygen transported in the blood; these effects could lead to physical fatigue.
Shortness of breath4
Iron is essential in the production of haemoglobin, the protein that transports oxygen around the body. When you are lacking the required iron that your body needs, you may also experience the effects of a lack of oxygen, such as a shortness of breath.
Feeling light headed or dizzy? Sometimes associated with feeling weak, dizziness is a symptom of heart failure that can also be associated with iron deficiency anaemia.1,4
Other symptoms of iron deficiency and iron deficiency anaemia may include 2,4:
- Poor concentration
- Looking pale
- Racing heart (palpitations)
- Sore tongue or dry mouth
- Cracks at the corners of your mouth
- Low body temperature or intolerance to cold
- Craving to eat non-food items (pica/ pagophagia)
- Restless leg syndrome (RLS)
- Hair loss
- Brittle or spoon-shaped nails