Clot Connect and blood clot awareness are currently featured on CNN's 'Impact your world', a segment featuring people and organizations around the world making a difference in the lives of others.
In 2010, NASCAR driver Brian Vickers nearly lost his life to blood clots, known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). In the CNN 'Impact your world' segment, he talks about his clotting experience and how he is working with Clot Connect to increase awareness. The segment began airing October 8, 2013 and can be viewed online, at this link.
Clot Connect "was an organization I didn't even know of prior to having clots. You know, I didn't even think about blood clots at all. I'd never even thought about it, and who gets blood clots and why? I just never thought it would be something I would have to deal with." Vickers hopes to help change that and help Clot Connect not only raise money for treatment and prevention but also to educate more people about how warning signs present themselves." -CNN Impact Your World
About DVT and PE
Upwards of 600,000 Americans each year are affected by deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). Approximately 1/3 of cases result in death. Many blood clots and their complications are preventable. Education--of both patients and healthcare professionals--is essential to improving health outcomes.
Resources for patients and healthcare professionals on DVT, PE and anticoagulation can be found online at www.ClotConnect.org
About Clot Connect
Clot Connect is an information and outreach project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center, online at www.ClotConnect.org. Clot Connect provides patients and healthcare professionals connection to clinically relevant education resources on deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, thrombophilia and anticoagulation. Since 2010, over 423,000 people from over 190 countries have been connected to information on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism through ClotConnect.org. More information on the program (including outreach activities, audience and budget) is available in the 2013 Program Report.