Blood Clots in the News: 5th Edition

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Blood clots – Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) or Pulmonary Embolism (PE) cause more than 100,000 deaths in the United States every year (per the National Blood Clot Alliance). These deaths include men, women and children — and sadly these numbers continue to grow. The good news is that many blood clot-caused deaths can be prevented.  The bad news is more awareness still needs to be raised about this often silent killer. With Blood Clot Awareness Month not far behind us, it seems like blood clots have been in the news much more recently, and for that I am grateful. I hope we can keep the momentum going as we continue talking about and raising awareness about this important and virtually unheard of public health concern.

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Meredith Vieira’s husband describes ‘touch and go’ health scare
Photo courtesy of  Today.com

Photo courtesy of Today.com

The husband of former TODAY anchor Meredith Vieira said doctors pulled him “back from the brink” over the weekend after treating him for a blood clot in his lungs.

In a blog post Tuesday titled “Crisis,” veteran news producer Richard Cohen described how a badly swollen foot and a series of tests led doctors to discover a large blood clot in his leg. Additional scans revealed a piece of the clot had broken off and “perched on a blood vessel close to my heart.” [Read More]

Study of Drug for Blood Clots Caused a Stir, Records Show

The makers of the blood-thinning drug Pradaxa were so worried that an internal research paper would damage drug sales that some employees not only pressured the author to revise it, but suggested it should be quashed altogether, according to newly unsealed legal documents.

The documents were made public last week by a federal judge in Illinois who is overseeing thousands of lawsuits filed by patients and their families, who say that Pradaxa’s manufacturer, the German company Boehringer Ingelheim, failed to properly warn them about the risks of taking the drug. [Read More]

Risk of Serious Blood Clots Extends to 12 Weeks After Childbirth Researchers Find Risk Lasts Twice as Long as Previously Thought

 Mothers remain at risk of developing a serious blood clot for 12 weeks after giving birth, rather than six weeks as previously thought, say a team of researchers in a study published online today in the New England Journal of Medicine.

While development of blood clots after childbirth is very uncommon, physicians should know that they can occur up to 12 weeks after delivery, and future studies are needed to see if some women will benefit from extended therapy to prevent such complications…[Read More]

Danger in the Ring

When 24-year-old Erika Langhart—talented, beautiful, bound for law school—died on Thanksgiving Day 2011, she became one of thousands of suspected victims of the birth-control device NuvaRing. Elite army athlete Megan Henry, who survived rampant blood clots in her 20s, is another. With major suits against NuvaRing’s manufacturer, Merck, headed for trial, Marie Brenner asks why, despite evidence of serious risk, a potentially lethal contraceptive remains on the market. [Read More]

Buffalo Grove grad found near ISU campus died from blood clot

A 20-year-old Buffalo Grove High School graduate found unresponsive Saturday in her apartment near Illinois State University died from a blood clot in her pulmonary artery, according to an autopsy…[Read More]

Share your story. Have you noticed blood clots in the news lately? Have you heard of any more stories not listed above?

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Blood Clots in the News

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As I browse the news headlines from day to day, I am often discouraged at what I perceive to be lack of coverage of blood clots and their potential to kill. Headlines are riddled with people battling cancer, heart disease, obesity and diabetes – and not that those things aren’t important too – but, I feel like not enough attention is brought to blood clots. We are regularly schooled on what symptoms of heart attacks and strokes are, but not blood clots. There are fundraisers, races, walks, charity events and endless support for breast cancer and heart disease survivors, but not blood clots. And, the reality of it is, blood clots are a leading killer – DVT occurs in about 2 million Americans each year, and up to 600,000 people are hospitalized in the United States each year for DVT and its primary complication, PE.An estimated 300,000 first-time cases of DVT occur in the United States every year.More people die in the United States from PE than from breast cancer and AIDS combined (//preventdvt.org).

When incidences of blood clots in the news do appear, it is sadly because someone passed away or because a famous person was injured. While I am glad we are spreading the news – I don’t always feel like we are spreading the awareness until it is too late, as in the case of death. Many cases of blood clots are completely treatable and death is preventable if we know the signs and symptoms and seek medical attention before it is too late. I did not, and it almost cost me my life.

Whether I notice it more or not since I suffered from a PE in 2012, I feel that once a celebrity is affected by a blood clot, it makes news for a day or two and then blood clots are once again overshadowed by other diseases, ailments and tragedies.  The truth is, though, word is getting out. Each time someone suffers from a blood clot and it is reported, a small piece of information also gets out; whether it be a sign, symptom, statistic or warning. Little by little and bit by bit, the word is getting out. I am, however, saddened that many have and will pass away or have their lives radically altered by a blood clot.

Here are some of the recent headlines, in case you haven’t read them yet-

 

hillary blood clot

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was treated with blood thinners on Monday at a New York hospital to help dissolve a blood clot in her head and doctors were confident she would make a full recovery. The clot was located in the vein between the brain and and the skull behind Clinton’s right ear and did not result in any stroke or neurological damage, her doctors said in a statement. Clinton was treated with blood thinners to help dissolve the clot and would be released once the medication dose had been established, they said. – CNN.com January 2013

 

tollman blood clot

The fashion world is shocked by the sudden death of the celebrity stylist and former fashion editor, Annabel Tollman who suddenly in her sleep at 36. The British stylist lived and worked in NYC, where she was best known for her affinity for old-Hollywood glamour and for dressing celebrity clients. – HollywoodLife.com June 2013

 

mumford blood clot headline

Mumford & Sons bassist Ted Dwane is at home recovering after having brain surgery. The 28-year-old musician had emergency surgery last week after a scan revealed a blood clot on the surface of his brain, but he is now convalescing and has thanked fans for their messages of support. – CTVNews.ca June 2013

 

farina blood clot

Dennis Farina, a former Chicago cop turned actor, died suddenly this morning in Scottsdale, Ariz., from a blood clot in his lung, ABC News has confirmed. He was 69. – abcnews.go.com July 2013

stephanie blood clot

Taken into emergency theatre, she never imagined her sudden chest pains and difficulty breathing were sparked by a near-fatal pulmonary embolism or PE. But it was when surgeons operated they found five others in her lungs – the biggest 9cm long – they knew just how close to dying she had come. Now 28 and on medication, the mother-of-one wants to warn other young Australians about the deadly condition which affects one in 1000 Australians, and kills one in ten within a month of diagnosis. – HeraldSun.com July 2013

Share your story. Do you feel like blood clots are not given enough attention by the media? Have you heard of any more stories not listed above? Share in the comments!

There is hope for healing and you are not alone,

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