Though common, bleeding condition goes undiagnosed

Jul 08, 2011

Women are advised to consult their physician if they have symptoms of a certain bleeding disorder

A common bleeding disorder found in women could affect millions of Americans, many of whom neglect to inform their doctor of symptoms that could signal the serious disorder's presence.

von Willebrand disease is a common hereditary disorder that occurs when a certain protein necessary for clotting is either missing or not working, according to the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Symptoms include easy bruising, frequent nosebleeds, prolonged menstruation or prolonged bleeding after an injury or medical procedure. Though 40 percent of women in an AANP survey reported those symptoms, nearly half said they didn't tell their doctor about it.

That's an important statistic given that the disorder can be life-threatening, said the report.

"VWD symptoms may be something that many women dismiss as normal or do not feel comfortable discussing, but the survey showed that healthcare providers may not be broaching the subject, either," said Josie Weiss, Fellow of the AANP. "Our findings are a wake-up call, underscoring the importance of more meaningful discussions about VWD between healthcare providers and patients."

A term life insurance policy can protect consumers with life-threatening disorders from the financial implications of an unfortunate incident that comes about as the result of their condition.

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