The facts are staggering – every time I read them.
- Blood clots (DVT and PE) affect an estimated 900,000 Americans each year (Source).
- Blood clots (DVT and PE) kill an estimated 100,000 Americans each year. The number of deaths from blood clots exceeds those from breast cancer, AIDS and motor vehicle accidents combined (Source).
- One person every minute will be diagnosed with DVT in the U.S. One person every six minutes will die from a PE in the U.S. (Source)
- Blood clots are a leading cause of preventable hospital deaths in the United States (Source).
- Blood clots are the leading cause of maternal deaths in the United States.
- 1 in 3 people who are diagnosed with PE will die.
- In 25 percent of people who experience a PE, the first symptom is sudden death.
The number of deaths from blood clots exceeds those from breast cancer, AIDS and motor vehicle accidents combined. Yet, they are virtually unheard of by the general public. Until very recently, blood clots have even gone unnoticed by the media, however, that is beginning to change and I believe we can continue to make a difference. Thanks to the advocacy work of survivors like NASCAR’S Champion Driver Brian Vickers blood clots are becoming something people have heard of. Even more recently, the unfortunate passing of former former Trail Blazers player Jerome Kersey and blood-clot related health scare of Heat forward player Chris Bosh have elicited even more awareness to this deadly injury/illness. Blood clots do not discriminate, they can impact anyone at any time. As more and more people who have lost because of or survived blood clots, the more and more awareness we can raise. #AwarenessMatters. It makes a difference. We can make a difference.
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Symptoms of DVT
- Swelling in the affected leg, including swelling in your ankle and foot.
- Pain in your leg; this can include pain in your ankle and foot. The pain often starts in your calf and can feel like cramping or a charley horse. It won’t go away with regular stretching, massaging or rest.
- Warmth over the affected area.
- Changes in your skin color, such as turning pale, red or blue or purple.
- You need to know in about half of all cases, deep vein thrombosis occurs without any noticeable symptoms.
Symptoms of PE
- Unexplained sudden onset of shortness of breath
- Chest pain or discomfort that worsens when you take a deep breath, cough or even lie down
- Feeling light headed or dizzy, or fainting
- Rapid pulse
- Coughing up blood
- A sense of anxiety, nervousness or impending doom
- Hospital stay
- Major surgery such as abdominal or pelvic surgery
- Knee or hip replacement
- Major trauma such as an auto accident or fall
- Nursing home living
- Leg paralysis
- Older than 65 years
- Trips over four hours by plane, car, train or bus
- Active cancer or chemotherapy treatment
- Bone fracture or cast
- Birth control pills, patch or ring
- Hormone replacement therapy
- Pregnancy or a recent birth
- Prior blood clot or family history of blood clots
- Heart failure
- Bed rest over three days
- Genetic/hereditary or acquired blood clotting disorder
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There is hope for healing and you are not alone,