14 November 2015

World Thrombosis Day: Join the Global Movement and Help Save Lives

 Recent reports indicate that R&B artist Tamar Braxton recently exited the Dancing with the Stars competition due to a pulmonary embolism (PE), which is a blockage of arteries in the lung(s) by a blood clot. Braxton is the second Dancing with the Stars participant this season to withdraw from the competition due to illness with Kim Zolciak forced to withdraw after a mini stroke, also caused by a blood clot. With this news, as well as other notable celebrities and spokespeople such as Chris Bosh, Brian Vickers and Serena Williams experiencing blood clots -- deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolisms (PE) and together venous thromboembolisms (VTE) -- it’s important for the public to hear from a notable expert in the field. After all, research shows that 1 in 4 people around the world die of causes related to thrombosis. The good news is that it is preventable.

Dr. Gary E. Raskob, Dean of the Department of Public Health at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Regents Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine and World Thrombosis Day Steering Committee Chair, is available for media interviews to discuss the causes, risk factors, signs/symptoms and evidence-based prevention and treatment of thrombosis. As a global key opinion leader in the field, Dr. Raskob’s research and scholarly interests are in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of deep-vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism; the clinical development of antithrombotic drugs; clinical trials; prevention research; evidence-based medicine; and the translation of research evidence into practice and health policy. Dr. Raskob is also a member of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH).

Dr. Raskob is available if you’d like to schedule an interview. Please contact Barbara Krolak, ISTH Campaign Specialist, at or (919) 929-3807.

According to the ISTH’s World Thrombosis Day campaign, thrombosis is a serious healthcare issue that requires immediate attention and action. When a clot forms in a deep vein, usually in the leg, it is called a deep vein thrombosis or DVT; if that clot breaks loose and travels to the lungs, it is called a pulmonary embolism or PE. Together, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) are known as venous thromboembolism (VTE). VTE is an extremely dangerous and potentially deadly medical condition. Each year, there are nearly 10 million cases of VTE worldwide—leading to 600,000 each year in Europe and the U.S. alone. Furthermore, 60 percent are hospital associated. To learn more and view infographics that can help show the mechanisms of a blood clot visit

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