Inspired by her own experience, a local state senator declared September as Thrombosis Awareness Month.
State Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, sponsored a resolution to make it official during the legislative session.
“My own personal history with surviving a blood clot inspired me to join with organizations such as the North American Thrombosis Forum to organize Georgia’s first advocacy group for Deep Vein Thrombosis,” said Unterman, the chairwoman of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. “By raising public awareness and educating Georgians about the warning signs of Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism, it is my hope that the number of these life-threatening diseases will be drastically reduced.”
According to a press release, about 2 million Americans are affected by deep vein thrombosis, a blood clot in the leg, each year. Pulmonary Embolism, a complication of DVT, results in 300,000 deaths a year in this country, it added.
Risk factors include heredity, immobilization, surgery, cancer and pregnancy.
“The State of Georgia and the North American Thrombosis Forum would like to thank Sen. Renee Unterman for sponsoring Senate Resolution 133 and working to make September Thrombosis Awareness Month a reality in Georgia,” said Atul Laddu, MD, PhD, a local volunteer working for the North American Thrombosis Forum.
Governor’s fundraiser this weekend
Gov. Nathan Deal will be in the area this weekend, for the third annual “Grillin’ with the Governor.”
The fundraiser is set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Lake Lanier Islands’ Grand Pavilion in Buford.
Tickets are available for $20 at www.dealforgovernor.com. The cost includes a barbecue plate and a T-shirt.
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