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Tuesday, March 09, 2010 - Broward General Medical Center Joins Movement To Raise Awareness and Prevention of Deep-Vein Thrombosis


Meet Dr. Glenn Singer, Medical Director of Pulmonary Rehabilitation for Broward General Medical Center and Melanie Bloom, widow of former NBC reporter David Bloom. David Bloom passed away from complications of DVT while on assignment in Iraq. Watch video »

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Broward Health Broward General Medical Center is participating in the Coalition to Prevent DVT’s educational program, DVT Awareness In Motion, designed to help reduce the risk of DVT by fostering dialogue between healthcare professionals and patients on the importance of risk assessment. Broward General Medical Center will host a free seminar Wednesday, March 10th  from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on reducing DVT risk through movement, especially in places where mobility is restricted such as such as in the hospital, at the office, in assisted living facilities or during travel.

“DVT is a national public health problem, but the good news is that it is both preventable and treatable,” said Coalition spokesperson Melanie Bloom, widow of the late David Bloom, an NBC reporter who passed away from complications of DVT while on assignment in Iraq. “The Coalition is committed to raising awareness about this serious medical condition and, through programs such as DVT Awareness In Motion, is challenging people to take action by getting to know their risk factors and finding ways to actively reduce risk, such as increasing mobility.”

Bloom joins Mary Ann Wilson, RN, founder and host of Sit and Be Fit, a program that airs on PBS, and Glenn Singer, M.D., medical director for pulmonary rehabilitation at Broward General Medical Center in presenting the free seminar. The program teaches simple movements that may help reduce the risk of DVT by encouraging blood circulation. The program goes beyond building traditional awareness of the signs and symptoms of DVT and emphasizes the importance of preventative care in everyday settings.

DVT is a blood clot that forms inside a deep vein, most often in the lower leg. Once formed, a blood clot can break off and may cause severe complications, some even fatal. A DVT blood clot has the potential to move into the lungs and block circulation to this vital organ creating a life- threatening condition – pulmonary embolism – which requires immediate medical attention.

Studies show that up to 2 million Americans are affected each year by DVT. Approximately 300,000 Americans die each year from pulmonary embolism, the majority of which result from DVT. Complications from DVT kill more Americans than breast cancer and AIDS combined. Almost all hospitalized patients have at least one risk factor for DVT and PE and approximately 40 percent have three or more risk factors.

“According to an article published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, people who are hospitalized are at a nearly eight times greater risk of developing DVT, which is why it is so important to foster conversations about risk assessment with our patients,” said Singer. “Broward General Medical Center is proud to work with the Coalition to Prevent DVT to raise awareness about the condition and encourage movement as one way to reduce risk.” 

About Broward Health 

Broward Health, providing service for more than 50 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world-class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. One of the 10 largest public health systems in the nation, Broward Health includes Broward General Medical Center, North Broward Medical Center, Imperial Point Medical Center, Coral Springs Medical Center, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston and more than 30 facilities of the Community Health Services and Broward Health Physician Group. For more information visit BrowardHealth.org

About the Coalition to Prevent DVT

The mission of the Coalition to Prevent DVT is to reduce the immediate and long-term dangers of DVT and PE, which together make up one of the nation's leading causes of death. The Coalition will educate the public, healthcare professionals and policy-makers about risk factors, symptoms and signs associated with DVT, as well as identify evidence-based measures to reduce the risk of morbidity and mortality from DVT and PE. The Coalition is composed of more than 60 members from medical societies, patient advocacy groups and other public health organizations dedicated to raising awareness of this serious medical condition. The Coalition to Prevent Deep-Vein Thrombosis is funded by sanofi-aventis U.S. LLC. For more information, visit www.preventdvt.org.

Read more on Deep Vein Thrombosis and the risk factors.