[World Haemophilia Day 2017]
What is Haemophilia and the causes of it?
Haemophilia is an inherited bleeding disorder which impairs the blood’s ability to clot properly. It is caused by a mutation of the genes which provide instructions for the production of clotting factors (eg: factor VIII or factor IX ).
What are the types of Haemophilia?
There are many types but the two most common are:
1)Haemophilia A/Classic Haemophilia: Due to lack/decrease in clotting factor VIII.
2)Haemophilia B/Christmas Disease: Due to lack/decrease in clotting factor IX.
According to CDC (2017), “Haemophilia A is about four times as common as Haemophilia B.”
Here’s how we can increase the awareness of Haemophilia!
The National Haemophilia Foundation’s National Prevention Program has come up with 5 key preventions.
1)Get an annual comprehensive checkup on Haemophilia.
3)Get early and adequate treatments if bleeding occurs.
4)Exercise and maintain a healthy weight to protect your joints.
5)Get tested regularly for blood-borne infections.
Adapted from: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/hemophilia/facts.html