March is Blood Clot Awareness Month
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As a board member and officer of the National Blood Clot Alliance (NBCA) I am proud to do my part in promoting March, as Blood Clot Awareness Month. Each year about 100,000 people die from blood clots in the deep veins or lungs, making it one of leading causes of death in the United States.
Fortunately for me, I was not among the 100,000 deaths per year from blood clots when I was diagnosed with a DVT (a blood clot in my leg) which I ignored for a long period because I was not aware of the symptoms and danger signs for blood clots. And, I had not experienced anything (long plane trip, physical trauma) that ordinarily cause clots. If I did not finally give in to the suggestions of a family member who did know the signs, the clot could easily have travelled to my lungs and caused a serious, if not fatal, pulmonary embolism. Now, because of certain genetic and other factors in my blood making it prone to clotting, I must remain on blood thinners forever.
Even though specialized knowledge about blood clots and clotting disorders has grown in the past decade, many healthcare providers at the front line of diagnosis still lack access to it. This means many of their patients don’t get a timely and accurate diagnosis. Daily, through my involvement with NBCA, I learn of stories about a missed or incorrect diagnosis. Too often, the people behind these stories were not as fortunate as I.
Your support will help the National Blood Clot Alliance continue to serve its important role in preventing blood clots and reducing death and disability due to blood clots and clotting disorders. NBCA programs include patient education, public awareness and professional training on the signs, symptoms and prevention of blood clots and clotting disorders.
Please help me Stop The Clot® by donating through this website. It’s fast and totally secure and is the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts.
In recognition of Blood Clot Awareness month, I’m happy to provide donors of $75 or more with a National Blood Clot Alliance t-shirt listing the signs and symptoms of blood clots. Put your t-shirt size in the comments column when making a donation, or send me an email with the info and we'll get a t-shirt out to you soon!
Many thanks for your support, and please forward this on to anyone you know in the hopes of building awareness, raising funds and ultimately, saving lives.
For more information about blood clots, clotting disorders or the National Blood Clot Alliance, please visit www.StopTheClot.org.
Blood Clot Signs and Symptoms of Deep Vein Thrombosis / DVT
Swelling, usually in one leg
Leg pain or tenderness
Reddish or bluish skin discoloration
Leg warm to touch
The symptoms of a blood clot may feel similar to a pulled muscle or a “Charlie horse,” but may also differ in that the leg may be swollen, slightly discolored, and warm. Contact your doctor if you have these symptoms, because you may need treatment right away.
Signs and Symptoms of Pulmonary Embolism /PE (Blood Clot that Travels to Your Lungs)
Sudden shortness of breath
Chest pain, sharp - stabbing; may get worse with deep breath
Rapid heart rate
Unexplained cough, sometimes with blood mucus
Go to an Emergency Department immediately to be diagnosed and treated.