Blood coagulation is a process by which blood clots form in response to injury. Blood clotting is the body’s natural way of stopping bleeding and keeping wounds from becoming infected. This blog post will explore how blood coagulates, what it looks like when it does, and what you can do if you have problems with your ability to clot.
However, some people have blood coagulation problems. The most common is haemophilia A, which causes a lack of clotting factor VIII in the body. One person with severe haemophilia might go through life without ever experiencing uncontrolled bleeding because their disease was diagnosed and treated early on. However, someone who had more mild haemophilia might have experienced many uncontrolled bleeds throughout their life.
It is also possible for people to have blood coagulation problems caused by haemophilia or other inherited disorders, but rather acquired ones. For example, some medications interfere with the body’s natural ability to form clots after an injury. It can be problematic for taking aspirin, warfarin (Coumadin), or clopidogrel (Plavix).
The last type of blood coagulation problem is known as disseminated intravascular coagulation. This condition occurs when small blood clots form around the body in response to infection, inflammatory process, or another disease. This can lead to organ failure and death if not treated properly.
The first step to treating any blood coagulation problem is knowing that there’s an issue. People often don’t realize they have a clotting disorder until something terrible happens and can treat with medications or surgery. However, talk to their doctor if you are the patient or caregiver for someone who might have one of these problems.
You can do several things at home to care for yourself or the person in your life with blood coagulation problems, such as Taking medications exactly as directed by your healthcare provider and never skipping doses unless it is okayed by them first. If there’s any question about or not you should be taking a medication, always double-check with your doctor.