It is strange to think how low public awareness about blood clots is when they are among the most common threats to the cardiovascular system. Luckily, there are people trying to change this.
The International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostatis says that one in four deaths across the globe is caused by blood clots. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has partnered with the National Blood Clot Alliance to make the public more aware of the issue through a public education campaign called “Stop the Clot, Spread the Word.”
It has been pointed out that there are more people dying from blood clots than AIDS, breast cancer, and vehicular accidents combined. Despite this, not many people seem to have a clue that this is the case. Dr. Haut of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, therefore, agreed that this program is badly needed.
The campaign has a focus on a condition called deep vein thrombosis. The biggest danger it poses is that it can lead to something known as pulmonary embolism. When the blood clots break loose and go to the lungs, the respiratory organ is cut off from blood flow. This complication can possibly lead to death.