In the United States each year:
One person each minute will be diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis.
One person every six minutes will die from pulmonary embolism. Many of these deaths are preventable.
What you can do to increase awareness?
The precise number of people affected by 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.
If you have experienced deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE), your personal story can be a powerful example to educate those around you. If you tell one person and they tell one person, imagine how far your simple act of talking about it can reach.
Clot Connect has created a “What you can do to increase awareness” document with ideas on how you can promote clot education and awareness.
The document includes 'Talking Points" to help you teach others about blood clots. You will find information on:
- What is a blood clot? Terms and definitions
- Symptoms and risk factors for blood clots.
- How many people are affected by blood clots?
- What are the effects of blood clots for survivors?
- Blood clots: low public awareness, little support for patients
- How can you be a proactive person about blood clots?
- What is Clot Connect? Our program activities and how to make a donation to support education.
- How to learn more about blood clots.
- How you and others can get involved to promote blood clot awareness.
- Takeaway messages and a flyer you can use to share information about symptoms and risk factors
The “What you can do to increase awareness” guide is available here.