What You Should Know About Hemophilia

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: June 7, 2021

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Hemophilia is a bleeding disorder that is usually inherited. It is a disorder in which blood does not clot properly and it can lead to spontaneous bleeding as we as excessive bleeding following injury.

Blood contains proteins which have clotting factors to help the blood loss stop. Those with this condition have lower levels of the needed proteins. Though usually born with hemophilia it can develop later in life. These later in life cases involve middle aged, elderly, or women who have recently given birth.

It can be resolved often with appropriate treatment.

Left untreated hemophilia can result in:

  • Bleeding within joints that can lead to joint disease and pain
  • Brain bleeds that can sometimes cause long term issues such as seizures and even paralysis
  • Death may occur if the bleeding cannot be stopped

How to help prevent issues if you do have hemophilia

  • Get an annual comprehensive checkup at a certified hemophilia treatment center
  • Get vaccinated for Hepatitis A and B. They are preventable.
  • Never wait to seek medical attention for a bleed.
  • Get tested regularly for blood-borne infections.

Signs of Hemophilia:

  • Frequent nose bleeds that are hard to stop
  • Noticing bloody stool or urine
  • Bleeding after having a shot or vaccination
  • Bleeding after a circumcision
  • Bleeding of the mouth or gums or if a tooth is pulled bleeding is hard to stop
  • Bleeding under the skin causing a buildup of blood
  • Bleeding into the joints causing swelling and pain


The most common way to treat hemophilia is to replace the missing blood clotting factor so that the blood can clot properly. This is done by administering intravenously commercially prepared factor concentrates. People with hemophilia can learn how to perform these infusions themselves so that they can stop bleeding episodes and when done regularly help prevent future episodes.

If you have noticed potential signs its important to find out if you do have clotting issues. Give Tampa Cardiovascular Associates a call today at 813-975-2800 and schedule your appointment. www.tampacardio.com.


Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: 07/06/2021

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