Blood clot awareness will be on display at Charlotte Motor Speedway this Thursday. Clot Connect is featured on a car which will be driven by Katrina Childers during the Better Half Dash, a charity race supporting Motor Racing Outreach and Speedway Children’s Charities. The race, which occurs during Pole Night of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500, features women affiliated with NASCAR competing against each other in Bandolero race cars.
Special thanks to Brian Vickers for making ClotConnect.org’s sponsorship in this event possible.
>>> Why is greater blood clot awareness and education needed?
Blood clots can happen to anyone, at any age. The precise number of people affected by venous blood clots—known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolim (PE)—is unknown, but estimates by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) range from 300,000 to 600,000 each year in the United States. Estimates suggest that 60,000 to 100,000 Americans die of DVT and PE each year. Many of those deaths are preventable. Yet, only about six percent of people know what DVT and PE is or how it can be prevented.
Blood clot survivors have many educational and emotional needs. Survivors face many challenges including: bleeding risk associated with the use of blood thinners (anticoagulants), the development of long-term post-thrombotic complications, and increased risk and worry of future clots. Despite being a common health condition, there are few educational and support programs for patients and their families. The need for ongoing education and support is great.
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