Keeping Blood Healthy
New Web site offers information about clots
MONDAY, Aug. 5, 2002 (HealthDayNews) -- There's a new Web site that offers a free flow of information about blood clots.
It's called ThrombosisOnline.com, and you can check it out here.
The site, launched by the drug company Aventis, was created to educate the public about blood clots and the dangerous conditions they can cause, including deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) and heart disease.
DVT is a condition that affects about 2 million Americans each year. It most often involves a blood clot in the deep veins of the legs. If the clot breaks free and travels to the lungs, it can cause a potentially fatal pulmonary embolism.
About 600,000 Americans with DVT develop pulmonary embolisms each year, resulting in about 200,000 deaths annually.
Clots can also form in the vessels that supply blood to the heart muscle, causing a reduced blood flow to those areas. That can lead to heart problems such as unstable angina, chest pain, non-Q-wave myocardial infarction, acute myocardial infarction or heart attack.
ThrombosisOnline.com features information about risk factors, symptoms, prevention, treatment and recovery.
The American Heart Association also has information about blood clots.