Are you at risk for a blood clot? Women face an increased risk of blood clots throughout crucial times in their life. Women are at risk when they take birth control containing estrogen, when they are pregnant, in the weeks after delivery, and when using hormone therapy during menopause. Annually, blood clots affect more people than AIDS, breast cancer, and automobile accidents combined. Blood clots can be prevented and can be treated.
1 person dies every 6 minutes due to a blood clot
The National Blood Clot Alliance (NBCA) is raising awareness about dangerous blood clots and how the choices women face each day can put them at risk. The choices for family planning, pregnancy and menopause treatment need to be discussed with a doctor and risk factors need to be addressed.
NBCA, together with Inspire, has launched a new online, patient-driven forum and support group about blood clots! You can visit womenandbloodclots.org and learn more about blood clots and identify possible risk factors you may have. You can also join the conversation with other women about how blood clots have affected their lives.
Do you know the risk factors of blood clots? These can include:
- Cancer treatments
- Use of estrogen-based birth control
- Hormone replacement therapy
- Family history of blood clots
- Bedridden or being immobile for long periods
- Sitting too long on an airplane or at your desk without moving around
I highly encourage you to visit womenandbloodclots.org to find out if you are at risk and to join the conversation with other women in a safe, non-threatening, supportive discussion forum.
It might save your life, or the life of a loved one.
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