Bleeding disorders are a group of disorders that share the inability to form a proper blood clot. Improper clotting can be caused by defects in blood components such as platelets and/or clotting proteins, also called clotting factors. Symptoms of a bleeding disorder include: Bleeding into joints, muscles and soft tissues, Excessive bruising, Prolonged, heavy menstrual periods (menorrhagia) Blood Clotting Disorders are very rare disorders. Blood Clotting Disorders affects fewer than 1 in 10,000 people, or about 2,500 Canadians. Hemophilia B is even less common, affecting approximately 1 in 50,000 people, or about 600 Canadians.
Complete blood count (CBC): to check the amount of blood loss as well as the amount of red and white blood cells you have), platelet aggregation test, bleeding time: to see how fast your blood vessels close to prevent bleeding. Treatment for bleeding disorders varies, depending on the condition and its severity. For some bleeding disorders, there are clotting factor concentrates that can be infused prophylactically or on-demand at home, to prevent or treat bleeds Supporting research towards improving the health and the quality of life of all people with inherited bleeding disorders and finding a cure have been goals of the Canadian Hemophilia Society (CHS) since it was founded in 1953.
Since 1990 through funds provided by the Hemophilia Research Million Dollar Club and the CHS, the CHS provides basic scientific research grants and studentships aimed at developing treatments for hemophilia A and B, von Willebrand disease, rare factor deficiencies, platelet function disorders and ultimately, at finding a cure.