Thursday, March 18, 2010

Deep Vein Thrombosis Month Puts Awareness in Motion

Deep Vein Thrombosis, or DVT, occurs when  a blood clot forms in a deep vein, usually in the lower limbs of the body. March is DVT awareness month and this year’s program goes beyond building traditional awareness of the signs and symptoms of DVT and emphasizes the importance of preventative care in everyday settings such as:
  • Office setting 
  • In a bed, whether hospital or at home 
  • Assisted-Living or Rehabilitation facilities 
  • During travel
Did you know that DVT occurs when muscles of the legs are inactive, allowing blood to collect in the lower extremities?  Working with Mary Ann Wilson, RN, founder and host of PBS program “Sit and Be Fit,” the Coalition has developed an educational video that features simple, low impact movements to increase blood circulation. 

Visit Prevent DVT  to take a look.

The video also features stories from those touched personally by DVT. One of the stories comes from Coalition to Prevent DVT National Spokesperson, Melanie Bloom.

Bloom shares her story about learning the news of the loss of her husband, NBC News correspondent David Bloom from complications of DVT while covering the war in Iraq.  To watch a special iPSA from Melanie Bloom, speaking of the importance of DVT Awareness, please visit: Awareness in Motion

So in honor of DVT Awareness Month, get out there during March to encourage those you love to put DVT Awareness In Motion!

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