Last year, the surgeon general issued a call to action to focus attention on the increased risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism (PE) among African Americans. Now, the Venous Disease Coalition is raising awareness with a tool to help people better understand their risk.
The Pause for Prevention assessment program was outlined at the Venous Disease Coalition annual meeting.
“Many of the causes of DVT are entirely preventable and easily treatable, so its crucial that people understand their level of risk and take action to reduce this. Improved awareness and access to treatment can save a great number of lives,” said Dr. Garth Graham from the Office of Minority Health at the Department of Health and Human Services.
Its estimated as many as 600,000 Americans suffer from DVT and PE each year, and approximately 100,000 deaths are attributed to them each year. African Americans are 30 percent more likely than Caucasians to suffer from blood clots.
Lifestyle changes and natural health supplements may control high blood pressure which can help and avoid blood clots. Coenzyme Q10, garlic, hawthorn, fish oil and folic acid have all been linked to lowering blood pressure, as has increased exercise and natural relaxation techniques like yoga.