Treatment for chronic myeloproliferative disorders depends on the type of disorder and any related symptoms. Some types are treated with chemotherapy and radiation therapy, which kill the extra blood cells. Other types are treated with a phlebotomy (a procedure which removes the blood intravenously) or red blood cell transfusion. Other treatments address the symptoms involved, like itchy skin and headaches. Surgery may be required to remove the spleen if it is swollen and painful.
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What is the normal sinus rhythm?
The normal sinus rhythm is the rate of impulses generated by certain muscle cells as a signal to the upper heart chambers (atria) to contract.
The heart contains a cluster of specialized muscle cells that act as the heart's natural pacemaker. This cluster is called the sinoatrial node, or SA node. The SA node generates the electrical signals that cause the upper heart chambers (atria) to contract. At rest, the SA node normally sends 60 to 100 impulses per minute (the normal sinus rhythm).
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How do I care for someone with chronic myeloproliferative disorders?
Chronic myeloproliferative disorders (MPD) belong to a group of blood disorders that cause an excessive number of blood cells in the bone marrow. Treatments vary, depending on the type of disorder and symptoms involved, if any. If you are caring for someone with one of these disorders, be aware of what type they have been diagnosed with, as this will determine the course of their treatment. They may need chemotherapy to kill cancer cells or lower platelets and red blood cell counts. Help them manage these side effects, such as nausea. Make note if they are pale, weak, or show signs of bruising or purplish spots on their skin. Talk to their doctor about what you should do in the event any complications develop.
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