What Is Sickle Cell Anemia?


Normal red blood cells have a donut-like shape that allow them to flow easily through blood vessels. Sickle cells, on the other hand, are crescent-shaped and can block blood flow. In honor of Sickle Cell Awareness Month, here is what you need to know about this serious disease.

Sickle cell anemia is one type of sickle cell disease. Normally, red blood cells carry oxygen-rich blood through the body for about 120 days before dying. With sickle cell anemia, the sickle cells die off in about 10 to 20 days. The body can’t replace them fast enough, which can lead to a long list of symptoms, including chronic pain and fatigue. Although some people have resolved their sickle cell anemia with blood and marrow stem cell transplants, there is no cure that works for everyone. However, there are treatments that can help control the symptoms.

Sunrise Hospital & Medical Care in Las Vegas can provide physician referrals for doctors who can help manage sickle cell anemia and all of your other health concerns. Call us today at (702) 233-5454 to find out more about Heart Center, emergency care, and more.