Tag: iron deficiency

1. Treatment with IV ferric carboxymaltose reduced the risk of heart failure hospitalizations in patients with iron deficiency and acute heart failure with a left ventricular ejection fraction less than 50%. 2. IV ferric carboxymaltose was generally safe but had no significant effect on the risk of cardiovascular death compared...
1. Oral iron repletion did not improve exercise capacity as measured by peak oxygen uptake (VO2). 2. There were no significant effects from oral iron repletion on 6-minute walk distance, NT-proBNP levels, or overall health status. Evidence Rating Level: 1 (Excellent) Study Rundown: Iron is a major component of hemoglobin and plays...
1. Infants receiving supplemental iron performed better on gross motor tests at 9 months of age. 2. No significant difference in gross motor performance was observed between infants who received iron supplementation in utero and during infancy compared to those supplemented in infancy alone. Evidence Rating Level: 1 (Excellent) Study Rundown: Iron...
1. From a systematic review, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) found insufficient evidence to recommend screening asymptomatic pregnant women for iron deficiency anemia. 2. There was also insufficient evidence to recommend routine iron supplementation during pregnancy. Evidence Rating Level: 1 (Excellent) Study Rundown: Pregnant women are at an increased risk...
1. From a systematic review, iron supplementation may improve maternal hematologic indices. 2. The clinical significance of iron supplementation on maternal or fetal health outcomes remains unclear. Evidence Rating Level: 2 (Good)        Study Rundown: Iron deficiency is frequently found in pregnant women in the US and is a leading...

Patient Basics: Iron Deficiency

Originally published by Harvard Health. What Is It? Iron deficiency is an abnormally low level of iron in the body. Iron is an essential mineral found in red meat and certain fruits and vegetables. In the body, iron is needed to form myoglobin, a protein in muscle cells, and it is essential for...
Image: PD 1. Daily iron supplementation in 2- to 5-year-olds increases hemoglobin and ferritin levels, though there is insufficient data to infer impact on iron deficiency anemia.  2. Supplementation has no effect on physical growth or morbidity from infectious causes. 3. Further data are needed to assess effects of daily iron supplementation...