Heart, Blood & Circulation Support Groups
Heart, blood, and circulation diseases and disorders are very common in the United States. As a result, thousands of people are facing challenges related to these kinds of conditions each and every day. All of these individuals could benefit from joining an online support group designed for their specific medical issues. Meeting others through online groups can be very therapeutic and empowering when individuals share health advice, trade practical lifestyle tips, listen to other people’s accounts of struggles and/or triumphs, as well as tell their own personal story.
Heart and Circulation Diseases
Typically, heart and circulation diseases are caused by damage to the blood vessels or heart as a result of atherosclerosis, which is build-up of plaque within the arteries. Heart and circulation diseases may have a number of different effects on the body. Three of the most common are:
- Normal blood flow to the body is obstructed when plaque blocks blood vessels, causing major organ damage, such as injury to kidneys, lungs, heart, and brain.
- Plaque build-up can block the major arteries of the arms or legs, preventing movement of these extremities.
- Blood clots can form, possibly traveling to the heart, causing a heart attack (cardiac arrest).
Blood disorders can affect various blood components, including red blood cells, white blood cells, or plasma. Red blood cells disorders include different types of anemia, such as mild anemia, pernicious anemia, and iron deficiency anemia. Patients suffering from anemia have a low red blood cell count. Sometimes, mild anemia causes no symptoms while more severe cases often cause extreme fatigue, skin pallor, and/or shortness of breath upon exertion.
Blood disorders affecting the white blood cells include lymphomas, leukemia, and multiple myelomas. Generalized symptoms often include weakness, extreme fatigue, back pain, and shortness of breath. Disorders affecting blood plasma include hemophilia, a genetic deficiency of certain blood clotting proteins. Multiple forms of hemophilia vary in degrees of severity from mild to potentially life-threatening. Deep venous thrombosis, a blood clot found in one of the main veins, located deep within the leg, can become dislodged and travel to the lungs causing a pulmonary embolism.MDJunction is Here for You
At MDJunction, we provide approximately forty online support groups related to heart, blood and circulation diseases. Among many others, we offer the following groups:
- Congestive Heart Failure
- Heart Transplants
- Varicose Veins
- High Cholesterol
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma