AHA: New Insights Into Sickle Cell and Stroke Risk

Henrietta Strickland
June 21, 2018

Al-Kadhem extended heartfelt thanks and appreciation to HRH Premier for his unwavering interest in sickle cell patients in Bahrain.

The event, the organisers said is aimed at creating awareness about sickle cell disorder, its prevention and management for senior secondary school students and residents of the territory.

Monday, June 19, marks World Sickle Cell Day, observed annually to increase awareness and public understanding of the disease that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports affects an estimated 100,000 Americans, including some of our favorite stars of past and present. The cells die early, leaving a shortage of healthy red blood cells and can block blood flow, causing pain, infections and fatigue.

He added that the Premier's interest and encouragement of blood donation campaigns, coupled with laws and social awareness, has contributed to reducing the number of sickle cell patients and increasing blood stocks in Bahrain. People assume that if you have sickle cell disease, it means the patients or their parents have offended a god or something. For more information on how you can get the tag or find resources through the Sickle Cell Foundation, check out the website here. "Because I took all the precautions seriously, I can live longer than the normal sickle cell anemia life expectancy", she said. Early diagnosis and treatment saves lives.

Eyum, however, lamented the high cost for the treatment and management of sickle cell disorder, just as she stressed the importance of counselling in the management of the disease.

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"There is no better time to create awareness than as they are growing up they are also advancing in knowledge". Still, there has been so little research on sickle cell disease that it is hard even to write evidence-based protocols.

He advised that the newborn screening should be integrated into the Maternal and Child Healthcare as a major part of healthcare management of sickle cell disease. The data included 1,520 people with sickle cell trait, and 620 people with stroke.

"The medication increases production of fetal hemoglobin, which reduces the chance that red blood cells will morph into sickles". This stigma is also fueled by labeling people with sickle cell as "sicklers". However, this is still a challenge across the country because the numbers of specialized sickle cell clinics is still low.

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