and Medicine for Seniors
Thromboembolism is Target of New
Campaign by Alliance for Aging Research
Educational effort supplies
brochures, video, online quiz to help spread word on dangers of deep
vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism
13, 2015 – The nonprofit Alliance for Aging Research has launched a new
campaign to raise awareness about venous thromboembolism (VTE), the
third most common cardiovascular illness, and its associated conditions
deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). VTE affects more
than 600,000 Americans, mostly senior citizens.
Centered on the concept of Living
with VTE, the campaign offers easy-to-understand resources to educate
about deep vein blood clots and the serious complications that can
result from them. These resources highlight risk factors, symptoms, and
medical options and empower people at risk with VTE to seek treatment so
they can control, manage, and live with their condition.
"VTE can be deadly without
treatment. This is especially true when a deep vein clot breaks off and
blocks an artery in the lungs, forming a PE," says Lindsay Clarke, vice
president of health programs for the Alliance.
"We chose to focus our campaign on
Living with VTE because it can be managed and lived with when people are
informed about its risk factors and symptoms. We encourage both health
care professionals and consumers to access our free resources and spread
the word that life with VTE is possible."
Resources from the campaign
An animated "pocket film" entitled Living with VTE and Preventing
Deadly Blood Clots that
offers a quick and accessible overview of causes, symptoms, and
treatments in a unique format. A Spanish version is also available.
A brochure called Living with VTE that shares in-depth
information about VTE, DVT, and PE and guidance on making treatment
An online quiz that tests a person's knowledge of VTE.
The Alliance is also sharing
information on Twitter at
@aging_research using hashtag #LivingwithVTE.
VTE, DVT, and PE Defined
● Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a common
cardiovascular condition that involves complications with blood clots in
the deep veins. It includes deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary
● Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot
that develops in a deep vein in the body—usually within the muscles. The
most common place for a DVT to develop is in the veins of the legs or
pelvis, but it can also generate in the arms, brain, or intestines.
Symptoms include: swelling, pain or tenderness, warmth in the swollen
area, and/or red or discolored skin.
● Pulmonary embolism (PE) occurs when blood
clots in the deep veins (DVT) break free, travel through the circulatory
system to the lungs, and lodge in a main artery or arteries, blocking
blood flow. This blockage can cause high blood pressure in the lungs. As
a result, the heart pumps harder than usual, and may enlarge and
eventually fail from being overworked. Symptoms include: unexplained
shortness of breath, pain in the chest, back, or side that is made worse
with deep breathing or coughing, rapid breathing, coughing up blood,
and/or rapid heartbeat.
Facts and Figures
● VTE affects as many as 600,000
Americans and is the third most common cardiovascular illness.
● Four in 10 DVT clots will develop
into a PE.
● One in two cases of VTE occur during
or soon after a person’s discharge from a hospital.
● Those 85 and over are 15 times more
likely to have a VTE event than those ages 45-54.
● One in 10 people with an untreated PE
will die within 30 days.
● Prompt treatment can save lives and
includes breaking up the clot through catheter-directed thrombolysis or
“clot-busting” medication or preventing the growth of the clot through
Living with Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) brochure. An easy-to-read
resource explaining VTE, DVT, and PE in detail.
Living with VTE Quiz. An online quiz to test one’s knowledge of VTE
(will include link)
● Living with VTE and Preventing Deadly
Blood Clots: A short film that explores the risk factors, causes,
symptoms, and treatment options for VTE.
About the Alliance for Aging Research
Alliance for Aging Research is the leading nonprofit organization
dedicated to accelerating the pace of scientific discoveries and their
application in order to vastly improve the universal human experience of
aging and health. The Alliance was founded in 1986 in Washington, D.C.,
and has since become a valued advocacy organization and a respected
influential voice with policymakers. Visit
www.agingresearch.org for more information.