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How Do Bleeding Disorders Affect a Patient's Health?

Bleeding disorders are characterized by the impairment of the blood’s ability to clot. Blood clotting is essential for preventing excessive bleeding due to internal or external wounds. Bleeding disorders, such as hemophilia and von Willebrand disease, can significantly affect a patient’s health and quality of life. At St. Lucie Medical Center’s ER and the St. Lucie Medical Center Darwin ER, patients with bleeding disorders will find the emergency care and specialized wound care they need to support their health.

Exercising Cautiously

Due to the risk of serious bleeding events, patients with bleeding disorders must take special precautions in their daily lives. Exercise is important for wellness. It improves balance, strengthens muscles and supports the joints, which are all critical for injury prevention. However, it’s advisable for patients to avoid high-risk sports, such as martial arts, boxing, hockey and football. Bleeding disorder specialists generally recommend swimming, walking, dancing and indoor cycling, as these are low-risk sports.

Knowing When to Get Emergency Care

Minor cuts and scrapes are not usually a cause for alarm, even among most patients with bleeding disorders. Patients can apply firm pressure over a bandage to stop the bleeding. Moderate to severe injuries may require emergency care. To stop the bleeding in a patient with hemophilia, an emergency care physician can apply a special clotting medication directly to the wound or administer an infusion of recombinant clotting factor.

Receiving Blood Transfusions

Patients with bleeding disorders might need blood transfusions from time to time. In the U.S., strict precautions are taken to ensure the safety of the donor blood supply. However, it’s still wise to guard against potential infections by getting appropriate vaccinations, including hepatitis A and B shots.

Understanding Potential Problems of Childbirth

Another way that bleeding disorders can affect a patient’s health is by increasing the risk of complications during childbirth. It’s advisable for a hematologist to be involved with the expecting mother’s care early on in the pregnancy. Special precautions may be needed for tests during pregnancy, such as amniocentesis. The hospital may need to make special arrangements to respond swiftly to major blood loss during the delivery.

If you’re experiencing a bleeding emergency, please call 911 without delay. Prompt emergency care in Treasure Coast can improve outcomes in patients with bleeding disorders. General questions about the healthcare services available at St. Lucie Medical Center may be directed to a registered nurse at (800) 382-3522.

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