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von Willebrand Disease (vWD)

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Prognosis for von Willebrand's Disease

Prognosis

The mortality rate for vWD approaches zero in Western countries because of the ability to diagnose the disease and to treat it safely and effectively with a variety of replacement products.

Living with von Willebrand Disease

It is possible to lead a normal life with vWF. There are no imposed restrictions to physical activity.

Avoid over-the-counter medicines that can affect blood clotting, including aspirin, ibuprofen, and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight. Exercise helps keep muscles flexible. It also helps prevent damage to muscles and joints. Always stretch before exercising.

Pregnancy and von Willebrand Disease

Most women who have VWD can have successful pregnancies. However, they could have bleeding complications during delivery. They may also have heavy bleeding for an extended time after delivery. Always consult a hematologist and an obstetrician.

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