Saturday, August 17, 2013

Sickle Cell Disease Convention Coming Up In September

Have sickle cell disease and pulmonary hypertension? The Sickle Cell Disease Association of America is holding their annual convention the end of September. Learn more and register

Sickle cell disease (SCD), a type of anemia (shortage of red blood cells), is characterized by abnormally shaped red blood cells. Sickle cells (named for the sickle, or oblong, slender shape of the malformed blood cells) have decreased flexibility, meaning they break easily. This results in a number of life-long complications.

Pulmonary hypertension is an increasingly recognized complication of SCD. Studies show that approximately 30% of screened adult patients with SCD develop mild PH in adulthood. In 10% of patients, the PH is more severe.

Learn more about sickle cell disease and pulmonary hypertension

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