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Medical experts unite to raise awareness of risk, threat of blood clots

Medicine at Duke University in Durham, N.C., and co-chair of the Council for Leadership On Thrombosis Awareness and Management. Only with that level of attention will we make progress in reducing the frequency of missed diagnoses. Although dangerous, once diagnosed, DVT is easily treated.

DVT FREE Screening

The Council will act as the steering committee for the DVT FREE screening program, the largest and most comprehensive observational registry of patients suffering from DVT ever undertaken in the United States. The screening will be conducted as an epidemiological survey of approximately 7,500 patients at more than 200 hospitals throughout the country. Health care professionals at participating institutions will determine the clinical history of patients with confirmed DVT and ascertain what prophylaxis, if any, was administered previously. The screening will be the first step in establishing a nationwide database to define the standard of care for patients with DVT.

DVT is often a silent illness that can go unrecognized because of its minimal symptoms, but as medical professionals, we have to keep the possibility of blood clots on our radar screens, said Dr. Goldhaber. There are several emerging treatment strategies that allow us to treat DVT more easily, safely and effectively. Weve had FDA-approved ways to prevent DVT, but we have to recognize the problem.

ClotAlert Resource Center

The Council for Leadership On Thrombosis Awareness and Management is launching the ClotAlert Resource Center, a series of educational initiatives designed to increase both public and professional awareness of deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE), a blood clot in the lung that may be fatal if left untreated, as national health problems. The Center will provide tools to help improve the publics awareness of DVT and PE and currently available treatments and preventive strategies. It will also aid non-vascular clinicians in the
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