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Blood disorders such as anemia and hemophilia can vastly affect your quality of life. The hematology department at Be Well Primary Health Care Center in Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York provides specialized care and custom tailored treatment plans for patients with blood disorders. If you have been recently diagnosed with a blood disorder and would like to get more information, please call the office or schedule your consultation online.
Hematology is a branch of medicine that studies and treats disorders of the blood. This includes functions related to the blood supply, such as creation and clotting.
Some of the most common blood disorders you might be familiar with include anemia, sickle cell disease, iron deficiency anemia and hemophilia. Blood disorders fall into a few categories:
Stemming from the lack of red blood cells, anemias can lead to weakness, headaches, pale skin, and dizziness among other symptoms.
Bleeding disorders such as hemophilia affect your body’s inability to form blood clots and stop bleeding.
Cancers of the blood, such as leukemia and lymphoma, are serious conditions that affect your blood cells’ ability to do their job, such as preventing bleeding and fighting infection.
Excess clotting of the blood leads to blockages in the veins and arteries. These clots can sometimes detach and travel to the lungs, causing dangerous pulmonary embolisms, which can be fatal.
Genetics are to be blamed for many types of blood disorders. If someone in your family suffers from a blood disorder such as sickle-cell anemia or hemophilia, you might be at greater risk for developing the same condition.
Other types of blood disorders, such as certain kinds of anemias and blood clots, emerge from certain lifestyle choices. For example, a lack of exercise and excess sitting can increase your risk of deep vein thrombosis, a clot that forms in the veins of your leg.
Similarly, if you don’t get enough iron in your diet, you have a greater risk of developing iron-deficiency anemia.
Blood disorders are treated by Hematologists, who develop a treatment plan that is right for you. There are different options available from blood-component therapies to platelet transfusions to drug therapies. If you suffer from an inherited blood disorder or were recently diagnosed with one, your Be Well team provides the latest treatment options at their state-of-the art facility. Your Be Well physicians will also provide education and coaching for handling your disorder at home.
If you have been diagnosed with a blood disorder and are in need of a consultation, call the Be Well office today or book your appointment online.