WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, a resolution recognizing March as Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism Awareness Month passed with unanimous support in the Senate.
Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), who introduced the resolution, applauded the passage.
“Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism are serious health complications,” Grassley and Luján said in a statement. “We encourage all Americans to know their own risks, signs and symptoms of blood clots, and then take the steps they need to prevent deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism from occurring.”
Todd Robertson, a resident of Des Moines, Iowa who serves as a patient liaison with the National Blood Clot Alliance and member of its Board of Directors, thanked the senators for their bipartisan leadership in raising awareness of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism for the second straight year.
“I am passionate about raising awareness of the risk of blood clots as someone who has suffered from six blood clots, including a close call with pulmonary embolism and also watched my mom die sudden death due to a PE,” he said.
“It is important that all Americans know their risks and take steps to prevent and treat blood clots that can easily result in deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.”
Full text of the resolution is available here.