If you are experiencing symptoms or have a family history of a hemorrhaging disorder, you should talk to your doctor. Your doctor can screen your blood to determine whether you have a disorder, what type, and how severe it is. Once you are diagnosed, proper treatment can begin. Without treatment, a hemorrhaging disorder may cause severe injury or death.
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What causes sickle-hemoglobin C (Hb S-C) disease?
Sickle-hemoglobin C (Hb S-C) disease occurs in individuals who have one gene for sickle cell anemia and one gene for hemoglobin C disease. The mutated genes affect the production of hemoglobin, or the material that makes blood red. Hb S-C disease is more common than other hemoglobin disorders because it is heterozygous. This means that both parents do not have to have a mutated gene in order to produce a child with the disorder. Instead, the disorder occurs when one parent passes on the gene for sickle cell anemia and the other passes on the gene for hemoglobin C.
What is a blood clot?
A blood clot is a jelly-like mass of blood tissue formed by clotting (coagulating) factors in the blood. A blood clot is a normal reaction of the body that occurs if a blood vessel is injured. This is desirable if it occurs to stop the bleeding caused by an injury. However, blood clots can become very dangerous if they occur within the bloodstream. This can happen when plaque deposits in the blood vessel walls rupture and a blood clot forms. If a piece of the blood clot breaks away and gets into the bloodstream, it can block the flow of blood to the heart or brain and cause a heart attack or stroke. A blood clot in an artery is called an arterial thrombosis. A blood clot in the vein is called a venous thrombosis. When an arterial or venous thrombosis breaks loose and travels through the bloodstream, it is called an embolus. Blood clots also can form inside the atria if blood isn’t pumped out completely and pools due to atrial fibrillation or flutter.
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