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What is the life expectancy for people with von Willebrand disease?

The life expectancy for people with VWD is normal.

What’s more, some researchers are finding that mild VWD could be a health benefit. They explain it this way. Von Willebrand disease makes it more difficult for platelets to stick together. Because of this, people with VWD could have less chance of blood clots blocking arteries (atherosclerosis), and therefore, less chance of heart attacks and strokes.

Can people with von Willebrand disease lead normal lives?

Absolutely! Most people with VWD have only occasional mild bleeding problems. Others bleed more frequently; however, with proper medical care, these bleeding episodes can be controlled.

People with VWD can:

  • exercise, play sports and keep physically fit
  • get an education
  • hold a steady job
  • marry and have children.

What are the best ways to manage von Willebrand disease?

  • Learn all about von Willebrand disease.
  • Find medical care in a centre which specializes in diagnosing and treating the disease.
  • Live life to the fullest, knowing that von Willebrand disease can be successfully managed.