Do you suffer from low iron?
If you’re anaemic or have trouble tolerating iron supplements, you could benefit from an iron infusion. An iron infusion delivers iron directly into the bloodstream through a vein. Iron is an essential mineral assisting the body to carry oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body, amongst other important functions. There are risks and benefits to having an iron infusion, and your doctor can explain these to you at a consultation.
What is Iron and why do we need it?
Iron is essential for the body to make haemoglobin (Hb), a pigment that makes red blood cells red. When the amount of iron in the body gets too low, the haemoglobin levels fall below normal, this is known as iron deficiency or anaemia.
Haemoglobin is very important as it carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. If your haemoglobin or iron levels are low this may make you feel tired and not able to carry out your everyday activities.
What are the symptoms of iron deficiency and who is at risk?
Iron deficiency symptoms include:
- Low energy
- Feeling cold
- Infections due to low immunity
People who are at the highest risk of iron deficiency include females due to monthly periods and childbirth, people with kidney failure, those who are taking blood-thinning medication and those who have trouble absorbing iron due to biological factors.
Iron deficiency treatments:
There are three main recommendations to counter iron deficiency:
- Improving diet through eating foods high in iron (red meat, eggs, tuna, seafood, peanut butter, iron-fortified foods)
- Iron supplements – usually in the form of tablets or drinks
- Intravenous (IV) – Iron infusions
How do I book an iron infusion?
All patients must book an initial appointment with a Doctor to discuss the process, before booking the procedure in. The Iron Infusion is privately billed at cost of $120.00, which is payable on the day. For your convenience you can claim your rebate directly back from Medicare after the procedure as long as your bank account is linked with Medicare. The out of pocket expense to the patient will be $46.05.