Blood clots (deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism) can happen to anyone, at any age. Although blood clots are a common medical condition, there exists low public awareness of the signs and symptoms.
NASCAR driver Brian Vickers is a 27 year-old athlete who experienced deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in May 2010 which forced him to spend nine-months off the track.
“Looking back, the signs and symptoms were there, probably for weeks, before I went to the hospital.” Vickers said. “Like most people, I didn’t know the signs and symptoms of a blood clot or I would have gotten checked out sooner.”
Vickers returned to racing in 2011 with a desire to promote greater public awareness of blood clots. On June 8, Vickers participated in the 2011 Prelude to the Dream event, a dirt-track race where drivers compete not for points and winnings, but for charity. The event, held at Eldora Speedway in Ohio, was televised nationally on HBO pay-per-view. For the event, Vickers wrapped his car with the Clot Connect logo and web address, to bring more awareness to where people can obtain information on blood clots.
“If a blood clot can happen to me, it can happen to anyone.” Vickers said. “People need to know the signs and symptoms of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Just as important, if they think they might have a clot, they need to get medical help right way. Don’t delay.”
Thanks to everyone who helped make possible the #83 ClotConnect.org car's participation at the 2011 Prelude to the Dream event. Thank you for supporting greater blood clot education and awareness!