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Coagulopathies

Coagulopathies are a group of conditions in which there is a problem with the body’s blood clotting process. These disorders can lead to prolonged, heavy bleeding after an injury. Bleeding may also begin spontaneously.

Bleeding problems can range from mild to severe.

Some bleeding disorders are present from birth and are passed from parent to child (inherited). Others develop because of: 

  • – Diseases such as vitamin K deficiency 
  • – Severe liver disease
  • – Treatments such as the use of medications to stop blood clots (anticoagulants) or long-term use of antibiotics. 

 

Bleeding disorders can also result from the number and function of the blood cells that promote blood clotting (platelets). These disorders can also be inherited or develop later (acquired). Side effects of certain medications often lead to acquired forms.

SYMPTOMS

Symptoms may include any of the following:

  • – Bleeding into joints and muscles
  • – Bruising that is easily created
  • – Heavy bleeding
  • – Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • – Nosebleeds that do not stop easily
  • – Excessive bleeding during surgical procedures
  • – Bleeding in the umbilical cord after childbirth 

TREATMENT

Treatment depends on the type of disorder and may include:

  • – Clotting factor replacement
  • – Fresh frozen plasma transfusion
  • – Platelet transfusion
  • – Other treatments.

Md. León, Hematologist



		
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Colon Cancer Screening

What should I know about colorectal cancer screening?

A screening test is used to look for a disease when a person has no symptoms. (When a person has symptoms, diagnostic tests are used to find out the cause of the symptoms).

Colorectal cancer almost always develops from precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) in the colon or rectum. Screening tests can find precancerous polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. Screening tests can also detect colorectal cancer at an early stage, when treatment works best.

If you are between the ages of 50 and 75, you should be screened for colorectal cancer.

Most new cases of colorectal cancer (about 90%) occur in people 50 years of age or older.

Millions of people are not getting recommended screenings. They are missing the opportunity to prevent colorectal cancer or detect it early, when treatment often leads to a cure.

If you think you may be at increased risk for colorectal cancer, know your family medical history and ask your doctor if you should begin screening before age 50.

However, you may need to be tested before age 50, or more often than others,
if:

You or a close relative has had colorectal polyps.
A close relative has had colorectal cancer.
You have an inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.
You have a genetic syndrome such as adenomatous polyposis.
You have a family history of hereditary colorectal cancer without polyposis (Lynch syndrome).

Talk to your specialist about:

When to start screening?

Which test is right for you?

How often to get tested?

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Oncology Patients, our heroes in the midst of this crisis

We are very grateful to Selene for trusting us, being an oncology patient will never be easy, but to provide human warmth and the best treatment is our great task, thank you for allowing us to help you and accompany you in the difficult race to beat cancer.

Selene is one week away from ringing the bell and these are the words she shares with us and they touch our souls.

Oncology Patients, our heroes in the midst of this crisis

My name is Selene and I’m an oncology patient at WeCare…

My cancer journey started August 2020.  The world was in the middle of a pandemic and I was trying to plan my wedding, There’s no such thing as good time for a breast cancer diagnosis, right?

Needless to say, the news was devastating for my family and for myself. I lost my grandmother to breast cancer and here I was facing the loss of a part of my body, just as she had done too. I remember only too well how hard my grandmother fought, only to lost her breast cancer battle when I was only 11 years old.

After many sleepless nights, in excruciating post-operative pain and recovery, my first day of chemotherapy began. I walked into the clinic with a racing heart and shaky hands.

I was greeted by the smiling faces of my nurse Rene, my Doctor Ana, and the rest of the WeCare team, who were incredibly warm and professional. The team showed me to my private room, where I would stay for the duration of my treatments (15 so far!). Knowing I was going to spend so much time outside of my home in one particular place, including major holidays, and being there with such a kind team helped me to make the best of the situation.

Oncology Patients, our heroes in the midst of this crisis

Luckily, my son was by my side, holding my hand through every session. I was even able to invite my friends to visit me during treatments, ensuring we followed all the appropriate safety protocols. We were able to watch movies, sit quietly, collectively praying, or meditating.

Having access to the newest medications, state-of-the-art technology, and the team’s kindness made the process more tolerable – and felt like such a change from my grandmother’s era.

As I write these notes, I am still in treatment. I don’t know what the future will bring, but I know I am in good hands here at WeCare.

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Prevention Is Better Than Cure – Our Mantra For 2021

Nobody could have predicted the health crisis we have found ourselves in during 2020. COVID-19 was a huge reality check and still continues to infiltrate society world over. While the virus alone has killed many healthy individuals, the reality is that other people lost their lives due to preventable pre-existing health conditions. Sadly, diseases such as diabetes, heart conditions or obesity combined with COVID-19 proved fatal for many.

There is a lesson in all of this.

We must make our health a priority for 2021.

Many pre-existing conditions are 100% preventable or at the very least much more manageable and controlled with early detection. Taking personal responsibility for your own health and that of your dependents seems like the most caring thing we can collectively do to combat this ongoing health crisis.

 

Sometimes the fear of finding out that something bad is going on within our bodies renders us immobile. Rather than know, we prefer to bury our heads in metaphorical sand, hoping for the best and denying any potential worst. But if we are to learn anything from 2020, it is that our health is the most important thing.

Without good health, we cannot live, we cannot work, and we cannot play.

We must enter into 2021 with a life strategy to combat our fears. We must reassure ourselves that we are being proactive when it comes to the number one most important thing: our health.

 

WeCare was borne of this philosophy. Families and individuals are welcome to join our holistic wellness approach to medicine. With an initial general consultation, we create your complete profile and health analysis and then create a health strategy on your behalf. Whether that involves dental maintenance, ultrasounds, bloodwork or specialist treatment, we can seamlessly coordinate your health needs. 

 

With our supportive administration team, we work on your behalf and if possible, directly with your insurance company so you don’t have to.

Annual Prevention Strategies

IV Therapy is an increasingly popular approach to health maintenance and illness prevention. In an air-conditioned, sterile environment, you can slip in for a discreet IV anytime of the day, regularly throughout the year. Our medical staff infuses a cocktail of much-needed Vitamins. 

 

Typically, there’s no discomfort during the treatment. In fact, many clients are able to enjoy a blissful 45-60 minutes of peace and quiet, allowing them time to read that book they’ve been meaning to finish, or squeeze in some remote work on their laptop. 

 

During the treatment, one may taste the Vitamin-C flavor in the back of the throats as the IV fluids passes enter the body. Post-treatment, expect to feel completely normal. You’ll return to your day as normal with the only potential side-effects being increased energy levels, deeper sleep and a general feeling of well-being. 

 

Should you require increased privacy, WeCare staff can secure a private room onsite for your IV Therapy. We can even arrange for the treatment to take place in the comfort of your own home. IV Therapy can also be scheduled so a group of people can have the treatment at the same time. 

 

Quarterly or monthly IV Therapy treatment is the prefect prevention strategy for people of all ages. 

 

To arrange a consultation, arrange a schedule for IV Therapy or request more information, please call us at 624 1041 988 or 624 2267 007.