When to see a doctor

By 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
  • Fatigue
  • 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.

May 17, 2012