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Understanding the Different Types of Blood Disease - Part 2

February 27, 2013

In our last post, we talked about two kinds of blood disorder, namely, anemia and high blood pressure. Today, we will take a look at high blood cholesterol, sepsis, leukemia, and hemophilia.

High Blood Cholesterol

blood disease typesHigh blood cholesterol is a condition that occurs when cholesterol builds up in the blood stream. The cholesterol will in turn lead to the buildup of fats in the arteries, causing them to become so narrow that blood supply to the heart will be restricted. If left untreated, this condition can result in heart attack.

Sepsis

Sepsis is a life-threatening disease that is caused by bacterial infection in the blood. The bacteria can get into the blood stream through skin disorders, bed sores, surgical wounds, and other open wounds, and they are transported to other parts of the body. One of the symptoms of sepsis is the formation of pus in the infected wound. The disease tends to cause the most damage to the gastrointestinal tract, lungs, and liver. 

Leukemia

Also called blood cancer, leukemia is one of the deadliest forms of blood disease. It is a malignant disease that causes blood cells to develop immaturely in the bone marrow. Although the exact causes of leukemia are unclear, it is known that carcinogens, genetics, and radiation can contribute to the development of leukemia and other types of cancer. This disease usually results in death if left untreated.

Hemophilia

Hemophilia refers to a blood disorder that prevents blood from clotting properly. It is a rare disease, but it is potentially life-threatening. It results from a deficiency of proteins that facilitate blood clotting, an important function that enables the body to slow and stop bleeding during the healing process. Excessive and longer bleeding and bruising are the symptoms of this disease.

If you are suffering from any type of blood disease, you can seek advice from one of our hematologists.

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