For Immediate Release
Saint Paul, MN, August 14, 2009 – The National Alliance for Thrombosis & Thrombophilia (NBCA) provides monthly support groups for patients, family members and providers. The next support group is on September 8, 2009 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM at the Wilder Center in Saint Paul, MN. Mark Reding, M.D, Director of the Center for Bleeding and Clotting Disorders at Fairview University will answer your questions about blood clots and clotting disorders. See the flyer atwww.stoptheclot.org/mn.
NBCA is a patient-led and science driven advocacy organization providing patient education and professional training on the signs, symptoms and prevention of blood clots and clotting disorders. NBCA combines the unique perspectives of healthcare providers, individuals afflicted with clotting disorders and community leaders who are passionate about this healthcare crisis.
Several hundred thousand Americans die each year from blood clots in the veins. Most of these lives could have been saved if more patients and health professionals had known about the symptoms, risks and treatments. NBCA has joined forces with the CDC, US Surgeon General and other voluntary health agencies to promote education and early diagnosis and treatment of blood clots. Click here to view NBCA’s Blood Clot Risk Evaluation Tool.
The US Surgeon General estimates that in Minnesota, blood clots will strike more than 10,000 people each year, resulting in over 1,700 deaths, most of which are preventable. Information released recently from the Mayo Clinic provides significantly higher estimates for Minnesota, with blood clots striking more than 15,000 people and resulting in over 5,000 deaths. Click here to access NBCA’s interactive blood clot incidence map.
The mission of the National Alliance for Thrombosis & Thrombophilia is to prevent, diagnose and treat thrombosis and thrombophilia through research, education, support and advocacy. For additional information about clotting disorders or the activities of the NBCA-MN Chapter, contact Chris Pulkrabek by e-mail to [email protected] or by telephone at 651-324-3169.