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 […]

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 […]

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 University of Vermont Medical Center in […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 the UVM Medical […]

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 […]

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 the UVM Medical Center this month, as we participate in American Heart Month. For the past 10 years, the “Go Red for Women” […]