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Factor V Leiden

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About this cause:

Factor V Leiden thrombophilia is a genetically inherited disorder of blood clotting. Factor V Leiden is a variant (mutated form) of human factor V that causes an increase in blood clotting. In this disorder, the Leiden variant (form) of factor V cannot be inactivated (switched off) by activated protein C, and so clotting is encouraged. Factor V Leiden is the most common hereditary hypercoagulability (prone to clotting) disorder among European Caucasians.

About half of my family has tested positive for FVL since my diagnosis in 2006. Having a positive diagnosis means being able to be proactive when it comes to our health and the triggers that could set off the disorder (pregnancy, birth control, surgery, smoking, long distance travel, bed rest, etc).

I found out I had FVL after the fullterm stillbirth of my daughter Ava and a near fatal Pulmonary Embolism 3 weeks later. If doctors tested for FVL before or during pregnancy my life might be different today.

I believe that every pregnant woman should be tested for FVL the way they are tested for so many other conditions.