Perth Blood Institute to host seminar on bleeding disorders in women

Bleeding disorders often go undiagnosed.
Bleeding disorders often go undiagnosed.

EXPERTS are urging women to be on guard against bleeding disorders like von Willebrand disease.

Von Willebrand disease is the most common type of bleeding disorder.

People with the disease have an issue with the protein in their blood which means it takes longer for their blood to clot after they are cut.

Heavy menstrual bleeding is a common symptom of von Willebrand disease.

Other abnormal bleeding that may be associated with the problem could present as recurring and prolonged nosebleeds, bleeding from the gums, excessive bleeding from a cut or blood in the stool or urine.

Professor Ross Baker and his team at the Perth Blood Institute are hoping to improve awareness and education about the condition as well as building a community for people with the disease.

The institute is hosting an event this Friday morning at University Club of Western Australia on Hackett Drive in Crawley.

New Zealand’s Dr Claire McLintock, a leading haematologist, will be speaking.

The seminar begins at 9am, with attendees advised to arrive at 8:45am. Tickets are $45 each