Published 26 June 2018 | 3 min read
The World Federation of Haemophilia recommend that a bleed should be
treated as quickly as possible, preferably within 2 hours.¹ Sounds
simple enough; however, bleeds can often be unexpected and catch us
unaware, so how can we make sure we are prepared? Firstly and most
importantly, visit your HCP and ask them about the correct way to be
prepared, they will be able to advise you on:
There are some essential non-treatment related areas we must focus on to minimise the risk of bleeds:
Oral surgeries can cause bleeding that lasts for days or even weeks and cannot always be controlled with pressure. Therefore, maintaining a healthy mouth is so important for people with bleeding disorders, not only for quality of life and nutrition, but also to avoid the dangers of surgery.
Preventing dental problems include:
We know that taking part in regular exercise to keep muscles and joints strong is vital, but which exercises are best? Of course it depends on what you find the most enjoyable, your own limitations and what your HCP recommends; however, here are a few low impact options: swimming, golf, tennis, cycling, walking, dancing, yoga, badminton, archery, rowing, sailing and table tennis.
This is much easier to say than to do; however, staying healthy and maintaining a healthy weight really is central to not only minimising the risks of bleeding, but also but also improving self-esteem.
Some pain medications can affect our platelets and should be avoided by anyone with an existing bleeding disorder, including aspirin, NSAIDs like ibuprofen and blood thinners like warfarin.
Read more about dealing with bleeding episodes in our other June blog and don’t forget to speak with your HCP about being correctly prepared for a bleed so that you can treat fast.