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This test measures the amount of iron in your blood. It is done on blood taken from a vein in your arm.
Too little iron can cause anemia, which can cause weakness, tiredness, or lack of stamina.
Too much iron can cause hemochromatosis. This is usually an inherited disease that can cause tiredness, weakness, liver problems, and pain in the joints.
A test for iron is done to:
A health professional uses a needle to take a blood sample, usually from the arm.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your test results.
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Adaptation Date: 3/19/2021
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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