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Blood Clots & Pregnancy: An Avoidable Cause of Maternal Death

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Recently, I talked with a friend who was sharing with me how she lost her sister. My heart sank to the floor when she said:  “She was seven weeks pregnant and died from a pulmonary embolus.” As a physician who takes care of women with complicated pregnancies, I was shocked by what she said. As …Read More

The Silent Killer: Do You Know What Venous Thrombosis Is? You Should.

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We have made great strides over the past 2-3 decades in reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases in the United States and elsewhere. However, a menacing threat to health is not well known to people: venous thrombosis.  This consists of blood clots forming abnormally in the leg veins (deep vein thrombosis or DVT) or the lung …Read More

Deep Vein Thrombosis: Do You Know Who Rudolf Virchow is?

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Register for our October 13, 2014 program “The ABC’s of DVT – Raising Awareness of Blood Clots. Red nose? Wrong Rudolf! We’ll celebrate that one later. October 13 is when we remember the exceptional mind and career of the 19th century German physician born on that day, here at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington …Read More

Patient Story: “I Mean, I Died. I Just Can’t Believe It.”

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Join us! You are invited to a free educational event “Learn the ABC’s of DVT” on Monday, October 13, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Register here. I went to sleep that May evening pondering a strange sensation in my chest. My heart was racing. Was it the coffee I drank to help me stay …Read More

New Exercise & Nutrition Program for Patients With Blood Clot Diseases

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You may not know it, but blood clots are one of the leading causes of three major cardiovascular killers – heart attack, stroke, and venous thromboembolism (VTE, for short). VTE is a blood clot that forms in a deep vein of the body, and includes both a deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and a blood clot, …Read More

Blood Clots: New Drugs Now Available to Treat Patients

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Now is an exciting time to treat patients who have blood clots. Why? We now have more drug choices approved for treatment. If you have had a blood clot in the lungs (also known as a pulmonary embolism) or in the legs (also known as venous thrombosis) in the past, your doctor had one path …Read More

Deep Vein Thrombosis: A Survivor’s Story

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Two years, three months, and 24 days have passed since November 25, 2011 – the day my life changed forever. I awoke around 3 a.m. that day with a sensation in my chest area that I will never forget. It was not until I sat up that I noticed my heart was racing so fast it …Read More

Deep Vein Thrombosis: What You Need to Know About Blood Clots & Your Health

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March is Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Awareness Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), 300,000-600,000 people are affected by DVT or pulmonary embolism (PE) in the United States every year. Fatal pulmonary emboli cause more deaths than breast cancer and AIDS combined. Dr. Margaret Kennedy, a hematologist at Fletcher Allen, has …Read More

Keeping it Simple: Reducing Stroke and Cardiovascular Disease Risk with Life’s Simple 7™

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I have worked in research on the causes and prevention of cardiovascular disease for nearly 20 years. During much of this time, I have volunteered for the American Heart Association (AHA), primarily in roles related to promoting the advancement of science nationally. In the past few years, I have worked more in Vermont to help …Read More

Going Red for Women at Fletcher Allen Health Care!

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Did you know that heart disease is the #1 killer of women, including here in Vermont? Across the United States a woman dies every minute. We are paying attention to this at Fletcher Allen this month, as we participate in American Heart Month. For the past 10 years, the “Go Red for Women” movement has …Read More