More than 100,000 people die each year in the US due to blood clots. This is more than AIDS, breast cancer, and car accidents combined. And one in four deaths worldwide are the result of conditions caused by blood clots, making it a leading global cause of death and disability.
March is Blood Clot Awareness Month. To celebrate, I’m participating in Climb for Clots, a virtual stair climbing event designed to raise awareness and funds for the National Blood Clot Alliance (NBCA). Our goal is to climb 100,000 stairs for the 100,000+ lives lost each year due to deadly blood clots.
Blood clots do not discriminate by age, gender, ethnicity or race. As you may know, I survived VTE in 2018. Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a condition in which a blood clot forms most often in the deep veins of the leg, groin or arm (known as deep vein thrombosis, DVT) and travels in the circulation, lodging in the lungs (known as pulmonary embolism, PE). Blood clots are often misdiagnosed, which was my experience until they were so bad that I couldn't breathe. No matter how young or physically fit you may be, you can still be affected.
Tragically, too many lives are affected by blood clots, and too many lives are lost because public awareness about life-threatening blood clots is so low. Numerous studies have shown that fewer than 1 in 4 people are aware of the signs and symptoms of blood clots.
Your charitable gift will help NBCA continue thier life saving mission to advance prevention, early diagnosis and successful treatment of life-threatening blood clots. Together, we can save lives!