Originally posted by Blue Fox
Is there a genetic mutation that causes you to stop bleeding faster than the normal human?
You should research the "clotting cascade" and "severe hemophilia" for more perspective.
There are various "clotting factors" which trigger one another to produce a blood clot. Hemophiliacs usually "lack" either factor 8 or factor 9
(though they do not cascade in order; the numbers are in reference to the order in which they were discovered). Therefore hemophiliacs have elevated
APTT times when given an CBC; they bleed for longer. "Normal" people, are defined as, have anywhere from 50% percent of the "average" amount of
each clotting factor, to as high as 150% of average.
If you have less than 50%, of any given factor, you have mild hemophilia, less than 5%; moderate hemophilia, less than 1%; severe hemophilia:
meaning you CANNOT stop bleeding without an injection of human or recombinant clotting factor.
There are some 200 different known mutations to "standard" factor 9 alone which lead to hemophilia.
It is quite possible that due to some unknown mutation you have OVER 150% for a few of your clotting factors relative to the norm... thereby you
"stop bleeding faster than normal"
Down sides to this tendency might include increased risk for blood clots and stroke.
Other elements play into clot formation as well such as platelet count and fibrin.
here's a 3d image of factor IX so you can get some idea of the type of very complex molecule we are speaking of mutating:
If you really wanted to know if you "stop bleeding faster" than normal, get a CBC and check your APTT score, the normal range is 25 seconds to 39
seconds. If blood clots faster than normal it is a condition called "thrombosis".
...strange "Introductions" thread. You would probably get more coverage of the subject in medical conspiracies... ask a mod to move you over via
My response to you is probably 99% accurate... but I'm not a haematologist.
Welcome to ATS, Deny Ignorance!
[edit on 23-7-2010 by Sri Oracle]