Genetic Conditions

Genetic conditions are diseases that can be passed from parents to children. Some conditions may be inherited if only one parent has the changed gene, while others can be inherited only if both parents have the changed gene.

Unwanted Hair in Women

Hirsutism (say “HER-suh-tiz-um”) is extra hair on a woman’s face or body. This hair is dark and coarse. It grows in a male pattern: on the face, like a man’s facial hair, or on the body, especially the chest and back. What causes hirsutism? Usually extra hair growth is not a medical problem. It can run in families or be…

Von Willebrand’s Disease

What is von Willebrand’s disease? Von Willebrand’s disease is a bleeding disorder. When you have this disease, it takes longer for your blood to form clots, so you bleed for a longer time than other people. Normally, when a person begins to bleed, small blood cells called platelets go to the site of the bleeding and…

Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome

Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome is a heart rhythm problem that causes a very fast heart rate. WPW is one type of supraventricular tachycardia called atrioventricular reciprocating tachycardia (AVRT). With WPW, an extra electrical pathway links the upper chambers (atria) and lower chambers (ventricles) of the heart…