It's Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month!
The bleeding disorders community includes more than three million Americans who have hemophilia, von Willebrand disease, and other rare bleeding disorders (called rare factor deficiencies). All of these conditions prevent the blood from clotting the way that it should, which can lead to prolonged bleeding after injury, surgery, or physical trauma. They can even be deadly if not treated correctly.
Normally, if you get hurt, your body forms a blood clot to stop the bleeding. For blood to clot, your body needs cells called platelets and proteins known as clotting factors. If you have a bleeding disorder, you either do not have enough platelets or clotting factors or they don't work the way they should.
There are numerous different bleeding disorders, but the following are the most common ones:
Hemophilia A and B are conditions that occur when there are low levels of clotting factors in your blood. It causes heavy or unusual bleeding into the joints. Though hemophilia is rare, it can have life-threatening complications.
Factor II, V, VII, X, or XII deficiencies are bleeding disorders related to blood clotting problems or abnormal bleeding problems.
von Willebrand's disease is the most common inherited bleeding disorder. It develops when the blood lacks von Willebrand factor, which helps the blood to clot.
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