The Who, What, When and Why of Blood Clot Awareness Month

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March is Blood Clot Awareness Month, an observance conceived in a bipartisan manner through the sponsorship efforts of Congresswomaen Lois Capps (D-CA) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), who experienced the tragedy of blood clots through loved ones.  Rep. Capps’ husband, former Rep. Walter Capps died prematurely of a PE in 2006 as did Rep. McMorris Rodgers’ dear friend and mentor, former Rep. Jennifer Dunn, who suddenly perished from a PE in 2007.

Blood clots do not discriminate by age, gender, ethnicity or race.  They can affect anyone — from infants and young children to teens, young moms and dads, those in middle age or senior citizens.  Across the country and around the world, elite athletes, public servants, musicians, doctors, nurses, business associates and many wonderful people from all walks of life are affected. A blood clot is diagnosed once every minute.

And, sadly – once every six minutes someone dies from a blood clot.

Blood clots are the #1 killer of new mothers in childbirth and affect women across the life span from those on birth control to those receiving post-menopausal hormone replacement therapy.  They affect people being treated for cancer and other chronic diseases and people undergoing joint replacement surgery and other surgical procedures. They can be triggered by a genetic predisposition or by lengthy immobility. They can affect the more than 5 million Americans who suffer Atrial Fibrillation that places them at heightened risk of a clot in the heart that can travel to the brain and cause stroke and death.  With many of these risks for life-threatening blood clots increasing as our population ages, so too will the public health challenge.

Fortunately, many blood clots can be prevented and, in those that occur, poor outcomes (death, morbidity, and recurrence) may be preventable with early and accurate diagnosis and management.  One of the major challenges for preventing VTE is the ability to ensure the use of appropriate prevention measures.  For example, patients who were recently hospitalized or have had surgery have an increased risk of developing VTEs that are highly preventable.

Appropriate prevention among these patients can result in a significant reduction in VTE occurrence, healthcare burden, economic impact and death.  Today, blood clots are the leading cause of unnecessary hospital readmissions that have been estimated to cost more than $10 billion of the total $16 billion expended in the treatment of blood clots at hospitals nationwide.  Eliminating such waste and ensuring improved health care outcomes post-surgery is vital not only to saving lives but achieving huge health care cost savings.

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13 Responses to "The Who, What, When and Why of Blood Clot Awareness Month"

  1. Nancy Lasker
    Nancy Lasker Posted on March 4, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    We lost our grandson to a blood clot..Sept. 19, 2013..the saddest day of our lives. He was our daughter and son in laws only child. BE AWARE of Blood Clots and their symptoms.

  2. Paula Way
    Paula Way Posted on March 16, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    My son was a great baseball player in high school and at the age of 15 he got his first DVT, which we discovered he has Factor V Linden- homozygous. He is on 150mg of thinners twice a day and at age 18 they place a IVC screen in his leg . He is now 21 and has had to learn to control the thinness of his blood. He has to date 15 clots and had to give up his baseball future in college. He has since graduate from rookie school and is now a Law Enforcement Officer. We pray daily that he lives a long life.

  3. Mark Reyes
    Mark Reyes Posted on March 16, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    My first clot was in 2003. Portal vein thrombosis. My second was about one month ago. PE . Doctors didn’t perform a d dimmer until my wife insisted. She practices medicine. Subsequently 12 clots were found in my lungs and another in my leg. Blood tests revealed a factor II condition passed to me from my father whom originated from Spain. Not sure why the doctors were not consciousness enough find the malady. If not for my wife I would not be here. I worry about all the people in the world without advocates and die.

  4. edward bard
    edward bard Posted on May 8, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    I am interested in ways to prevent a stroke .

    I unable to take plavix and aspirins.

    Are there any alternatives?

    Thank you

    ed bard


  5. Bridget
    Bridget Posted on January 25, 2015 at 5:39 am

    My name is Bridget I had blood clot at age 22 from side effect estergen birth control, I woke up one morning my leg was so swollen and no circulation couldn’t even walk doc said it was blood clot deep vein thrombosis I was miserable thinking I was going die finding out I have factor v Leiden and protein c decency .

  6. Leah S.
    Leah S. Posted on March 21, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    I had leg pain for 2 weeks before I did anything. I thought I just pulled a muscle from walking my dog on the ice. It wasn’t until I noticed a tint of purple when I was showering that I was concerned about a blood clot. I have a DVT behind my knee and two small bilateral PE’s. We think it’s caused from my birth control Gildess. A week after being on Xarelto I’m finally feel better. At 30 years old you never think of getting blood clots, but they don’t descriminate and if you have any inkling that it might be one get to a doctor or ER right away to start those blood thinners!

  7. Eldridge Mart
    Eldridge Mart Posted on March 22, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    I have DVT and would like to know how can I help raise awareness of this. I own my own internet radio station here I Dallas Tx. Please contact me to discuss how you can help me raise awareness of clots. Thank You.

    Eldridge Mart

  8. Dillon Horan
    Dillon Horan Posted on March 2, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    I got my 1st DVT at 18 while being active and playing hockey, basketball and lacrosse. I was not able to play sports for about 3 months after. The 2nd time i got DVT i was 20 and it destroyed my vien to this date i can’t run or walk up stairs i take warfarin everyday now. Im still only 24 cant run or play sports. Be aware

  9. Hannah
    Hannah Posted on March 12, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    I have congestive heart failure and a pacemaker defibrillator in my chest for last eiight years. Recently, I started becoming short of breath found out I have a blood clot in my heart I am very scared.

  10. Crystal hageman
    Crystal hageman Posted on March 20, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    At 29, I was informed that I had a DVT in my upper right arm. It’s not a typical place for a DVT and I was very young at the time so this caused great concern with the 5 doctors that were tending to me. There were 2 possible reasons I could have the clot. 1-I had a hysterectomy at 28 and was on hormone replacement therapy and 2- after much blood testing it was determined that I have a defect in my dna called Factor V Leiden. I received several blood transfusions and they decided at the time to treat me with Coumadin. 8 years later i was still on Coumadin, getting inr tests every 2 weeks and all of a sudden I got a spontaneous bleeding my inner right thigh. This is a fear when taking Coumadin. I was in excruciating pain. Absolutely unbareable. Again, several blood transfusions, a long hospital stay they took me off if Coumadin and put me on plavix and aspirin. I’ve had 2 other blood clots since then, as well as a stroke and a heart attack. I’m now 45 and glad that march is blood clot awareness month! I should have never been on Coumadin for 8 years!!! Max time should have been 6-8 months. We need awareness!!

  11. Terri Rhyno
    Terri Rhyno Posted on March 31, 2016 at 1:09 am

    I had a blood clot in my left leg and it traveled into my lungs at 17years old.
    Had no idea I even had a blood clot.
    I was walking around for weeks like that and had no idea.
    The only thing I had was a slight pain in my butt cheek that made me feel like I just pulled something.
    Then I had the flu for a week and laid around and bam one day I woke up and my mom looked at me like I had 4 heads and told me to go to the hospital NOW.
    My leg was black and 10 times the size.
    And the pain was awful.
    I was rushed by ambulance to another hospital who could care for me more.and spent a while in there.
    Then realizing that they couldn’t help me i was taking to another hospital on my own by ambulance before my parents got there that morning.
    So I was headed to another hospital for my first surgery ever on my own.
    Scary!!i had some very nice elderly lady’s tell me they would pray for me as they wheeled me out for surgery.
    They put tubes through my veins to do a clot buster that would hopefully break it up.
    I spent the rest of the summer in the ICU.
    My clot was huge in my leg and since it was in my lungs to they said I was a miracle because I shouldn’t have been alive after being like that for a while and not know it.mean while I was in the hospital and a lady died with a blood clot who had the same last name as me.again scary!!
    When they finally decided I could leave I need to sort of learn to walk again because I was in bed so long my legs didn’t wanna work.
    The doctors learned that I have something called maytherners Disease not sure how to pronounce it.there not much information about it.
    That’s where my main artery is crossed over some main veins and had them closed shut all my life.then me laying around with the flu not moving triggered i had to go back for another surgery to put stents in those veins to hold them open.
    But now that is in my stomach area they are not sure about me having kids.because they don’t know how a baby would lay on the stents etc.a whole nother can of worms for me.
    I’m 25 now and I’m thinking of starting a family but I have to go through a lot of people before I do first.
    I am very thankful to still be a live.i know someone was looking down on me.

  12. anon.
    anon. Posted on September 14, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Hey ladies,
    at the age of 18 I was diagnosed with 6 PE’s due to the fact that I started birth control and was unaware of my blood disorder (Factor V). If you or anyone around you is thinking about starting birth control, please test them for any blood disorders. My blood clots have ruined my life. I am only 18 years old and am on blood thinners for the rest of my life. Being on blood thinners means so contact sports, or any activity for that matter in which I could potentially injure myself. Being 18, I want to be out on the lake wake boarding, or going cliff jumping. Instead, I watch now. I also am unable to have kids. So please, before you start taking any hormones or steroids, check to see if you have a blood disorder.