Cornerstone Health Solutions is dedicated to supporting you through your bleeding disorder treatment. We are committed to helping you with financial assistance, providing you with thorough medication education, helping keep you on track, and being fully available to you to answer questions.
What is a bleeding disorder?
A bleeding disorder is a deficiency in the proteins that your body makes to clot your blood. This significantly increases your risk of bleeding. Bleeding can occur due to an injury, or it may occur spontaneously without a cause. Common side effects that you may experience from this condition include:
- Bleeding into joints, muscles, and soft tissues
- Excessive bruising
- Prolonged, heavy menstrual periods
- Unexplained nosebleeds
- Extended bleeding after minor cuts, blood draws or vaccines, minor surgery or dental procedures
There are many different types of bleeding disorders but the most common types include von Willebrand disease, hemophilia A, and hemophilia B.
What causes bleeding disorders?
Your body produces thirteen proteins that are responsible for clotting your blood. A deficiency or abnormality in any of these proteins can cause a bleeding disorder. The severity of the bleeding disorder depends on which protein is deficient or abnormal. Some bleeding disorders are caused by abnormal genes passed down from your parents or by a change in your genes before you are born. Other bleeding disorders can be caused by the following conditions:
- Severe scarring of the liver
- Vitamin K deficiency
Certain medications that thin the blood, like aspirin, heparin, and warfarin, can also cause bleeding disorders.
Von Willebrand disease is caused by a missing or defective von Willebrand factor. Hemophilia A is caused by a missing or defective factor XIII. Hemophilia B is caused by a missing or defective factor IX. These factors are a few of the thirteen proteins that your body produces to clot your blood.
What specialty medications do you offer to treat bleeding disorders?
The specialty medications that we currently offer to treat bleeding disorders can only be used to treat von Willebrand disease and hemophilia A.
What should I expect from treatment?
Both of the specialty medications that we offer to treat bleeding disorders need to be injected directly into your veins (IV). Typically, patients with a bleeding disorder will have a port inserted into their chest that has a catheter going directly into a vein in their heart. This makes giving IV treatments easier in both emergency bleeding situations and for routine treatment. How often you will receive treatment will depend on what bleeding disorder you have and how severe it is. The most common symptoms that you may experience from these medications include headache, stomach upset, and infections at the catheter/port site.