There is a major problem for cancer patients to worry about when they start chemotherapy: a blood clot. They are the third most common cardiovascular illness. Some blood clots are preventable. That said, prevention includes the use of blood thinners, which can increase the chances for bleeding. Ideally, doctors would be able to tell which cancer patients are […]

The following interview with Neil Zakai, M.D., M.Sc., hematologist and oncologist at the UVM Medical Center and associate professor of medicine at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, originally appeared on the Facebook page of the Thrombosis and Haemostasis journal and focused on his research publication, titled “D-dimer and the Risk […]

Abnormal blood clots can form in your veins (blood vessels returning blood to the heart) or arteries (blood vessels taking blood away from the heart). In this article we will talk about clots in the veins, also called “venous thrombosis.” About 1% of hospitalizations in the United States are for venous blood clots making them […]

On February 21, 2016, I was training to run Vermont’s Unplugged half-marathon. I was doing a 9-mile run with friends when I became uncharacteristically and extremely short of breath. It was nothing I had every experienced before. I continued running and thought, “Wow, I’m getting too old for this!” As the week went by, my […]

We keep hearing news stories about elite athletes developing abnormal blood clots. Perhaps the most well-known athlete to experience a blood clot is the tennis icon Serena Williams, who had life-threatening pulmonary embolism in 2011 after a foot injury and cross country air travel. In the sports news recently we have heard about NBA and […]

For many decades, warfarin (also known as Coumadin) has been the only oral blood thinning (anticoagulation) option for the treatment or prevention of abnormal blood clots (thrombosis). Heparin, heparin derivatives, and fondaparinux are also used in blood clot management, but must be administered by injection. Both warfarin and these injectables have the benefit of years […]

A cancer diagnosis poses many challenges to patients. Chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or surgery may be needed. In addition to all the other things a new cancer diagnosis brings, we now know that as many as 1 in 5 patients with cancer will also develop an abnormal blood clot which may pose a serious health risk […]

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 […]

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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. What is Deep Vein Thrombosis? Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) […]