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Blood conditions
November 30, 2018

Could you have a blood clot?

Your blood has one of the most important and complex jobs in your body. It flows continuously through your veins and arteries delivering nutrients and oxygen while overcoming bumps and lumps, twists and turns, all this with a fluctuating blood pressure. Sometimes, this whole commotion can lead to the formation of blood clots. Clotting can be healthy and normal - helping with wound healing - but it can also be dangerous when the blood clot forms in places where it's not needed. What is a blood clot? A blood clot is a cluster of blood that has changed from a…
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Blood conditions
November 30, 2018

Cold hands? It could be Raynaud’s phenomenon

Commonly known as RP, Raynaud’s phenomenon is a condition where the blood vessels in your fingers and toes overreact to cold temperatures or stress. RP may also affect other areas of your body like your nose, lips, ears and even nipples. For many people, RP isn’t a serious condition, but for some, the reduced blood flow can cause damage. Key symptoms include: Cold fingers and toes. Temperature changes in your skin in response to cold or stress. A numb, prickly feeling or stinging pain when warming up feeling stress relief. RP also results in vasospasm. This is the discolouration of…
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Blood conditions
October 22, 2018

Could you have a bleeding disorder?

Do you have unexplained nosebleeds, heavy menstrual periods or find yourself bruising easily? You may have a bleeding disorder. A bleeding disorder is a group of conditions that affect the way your blood clots. Clotting changes blood from a liquid to a solid. For example, if you get injured, your blood begins to clot to prevent you from losing a lot of blood. If a bleeding disorder prevents this natural process, you land up with excessive bleeding. Bleeding disorders can cause abnormal bleeding inside or outside your body. This may take place under your skin or in organs like the…
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Blood conditions
May 17, 2018

How can you save a life? Through the Sunflower Fund.

The Sunflower Fund fights blood diseases like Leukaemia. They do this by recruiting donors (like you!)  to sign up to the registry.  For more information you can visit their website or call them on the toll free number (SA only) 0800 12 10 82.  Sign up today, to save a life! How can I help? Every year thousands of South Africans of all ages and races are diagnosed with blood conditions like leukaemia aplastic anaemia and other rare conditions. The ONLY way they can be saved, is with a blood stem cell transplant from someone like you. "Why me?" you may…
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Blood conditions
December 8, 2017

What does it mean when you have anaemia?

Iron plays an important role in your body. It is one of the key element in your red blood cells – the microscopic sized cells that store and carry oxygen to all parts of the body. A shortage of iron in your body is called anaemia. Anaemia is most common in: preschool children women in their reproductive years pregnant women. It’s less common in men. According to a 2015 study from the University of Potsdam in Germany, the condition affects roughly 1 out of 3 people worldwide! How anaemia happens Anaemia is sign that your health is not at its…
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Blood conditions
February 14, 2017

How to iron out anaemia

Anaemia is a condition in which your blood has fewer red blood cells than normal. It can also follow if your red blood cells don't have enough haemoglobin (an iron-rich protein that gives blood its red colour). Haemoglobin helps red blood cells carry oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. Having anaemia may cause you to feel tired, weak, and short of breath. Anaemia affects people of all ages and ethnic groups. Both men and women can develop the condition, but women of childbearing age are most at risk due to blood loss from menstruation. Anaemia can…
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Blood conditions
April 17, 2015

What is a “bleeder”?

You’re amazing. No, really – you are. Just think about your blood, as an example! Blood is a transport system that keeps the whole universe of YOU supplied. It carries in everything your cells need to work, and then it takes all the garbage out afterwards! Your white cells fight infection, and your blood’s platelets know when to clot if you’re injured. Unless you have haemophilia. (more…)
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