Having a blood clot disorder can be life-altering. At Cancer and Blood Care Specialists of Santa Ana, California, the team specializes in the treatment of many blood conditions, including blood clotting disorders. With extensive experience in this field, their medical team can compassionately walk patients through both diagnosis and individualized treatment. Call or book an appointment on online for a consultation with one of their highly experienced specialists.
There are many types of blood clotting disorders, but all of them are characterized by an inability to effectively clot blood. Some disorders are due to having too many clotting cells, and some are due to not having enough.
Either way, the body cannot function in a healthy way without effective blood clotting. If the body does not have enough clotting cells, it can’t stop bleeding once it has started. This means that any bleeding, especially internally, can put a patient at high risk for severe complications.
If the body has too many clotting cells, then clots can form in the veins, travel to places like the heart, lung, or brain. This also puts a person at high risk for significant complications, like a heart attack or stroke.
Some of the types of blood clotting disorders that the doctors at Cancer and Blood Care Specialists excel at treating are:
Hemophilia: the blood cannot clot
Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation: clotting cells build up in blood vessels, preventing clotting in other areas
Some of the most common symptoms of a blood clotting disorder are:
Uncontrolled or heavy bleeding from small cuts
Heavy menstrual bleeding
Painful joints caused by blood in the joints
Uncontrolled or excessive bleeding during surgery
Some of the more common and potentially dangerous complications from blood clotting disorders are:
Stroke: also called brain bleeds
Pulmonary embolism: a clot in your lung
Deep Vein Thrombosis: clots in your blood vessels
The diagnosis of a blood clotting disorder usually starts with a thorough physical exam and health history. The doctors at Cancer and Blood Care Specialists ask you a series of questions, including if you have any family history of bleeding disorders.
They also run series of blood tests that will give them a clear picture of which, if any, clotting factors — clotting cells — are deficient or overactive in your blood. This is important and helps your doctor create a treatment plan that’s specific to you and your clotting issues.
If you have a blood clotting disorder or think you may have one, book your appointment online or call today for a consultation with one of the doctors at Cancer and Blood Care Specialists.