sickle cell anemia and alcohol Essay

710 Words Mar 5th, 2014 3 Pages
Sickle cell anemia

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Sickle cell anemia
Introduction
Sickle cell anemia is a hereditary disorder that affects countries that were previously affected by malaria - mostly the African Americans and Hispanic Americans (Newland, 2013). The people suffering from this disorder have in the past had barriers to access vital health information and care since it was not covered by the affordable act. At the same time, the disorder has had psychological, social, cultural and economic impact on the victims, mostly because of their social and the economic status (Newland, 2013). Despite this fact, steps have been made and the current situation has seen incredible changes in the provision of healthcare
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According to the current affordable act, sickle cell anemic patient are not discriminated upon and the young adults with sickle cell anemia can stay on their insurance scheme.
Susceptibility to engage in substance abuse
Adults who engage in drug and substance abuse are most likely to compromise their health as well as the health of others. The treatment of patients with sickle cell anemia and those who engage in substance abuse is quite difficult mostly because it compromises the ability of the caregiver to diagnose and treat the complications that the disease may bring. This is because substance tolerant patients do not respond well to therapy and may portray the signs of serious complications (Ballas, 2005). Patients with sickle cell anemia and those who engage in substance abuse also complicate their health because some drugs like Meperidine when regularly used, may lead to seizures and withdrawal effects (Elander et, al., 2003).
Conclusion
Sickle cell anemia is a disorder that has affected many people. Barriers have existed that prohibited many of the affected patients to access health care mainly because of the economic and social backgrounds of the patients. Despite this fact, a lot has been made after the passing of the sickle cell act and many people can now afford SCD treatment. Despite this fact, many of the substance abusers complicate the SCDs therapy and treatment. Following the amendment of the affordable act, insurers can no longer deny treatment to

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