Much has been written in the past few years concerning blood clots and travelling or the development of such which are mostly associated with long periods of immobility. For several months I have given much thought about writing a post on the subject, but could never find a specific correlation to Portal Hypertension, except to say that when one has been diagnosed with a clotting disorder, it should heighten awareness for any potential related incidents. The other reason for writing on this topic, is the fact that I unfortunately learned about an old high school friend that had passed away within the last year from a clot that apparently had developed in his leg, which may have started because he travelled extensively, and for long periods of time.
When I initially began to think about writing an article on this subject, I quickly discovered that many sites and materials had very much the same information throughout. Because of my association with Clot Connect® (clotconnect.org) based out of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and their willingness to allow me to utilize their material on my blog, I am directing you to the following article recently posted on their site which I feel covers the subject extensively and more effectively than I could.
Personal Health Update: Although I still struggle with intermittent pain and fatigue from the meds, there is thankfully a level of stability which I have enjoyed for quite some time now. Besides bi-monthly iron infusions, I have 2 specialist appointments upcoming this summer, where I hope to get some clarification on some related issues. One of the issues is a topic for another post, which I hope to report to you in a few short months. Until then…keep looking up!
One person is diagnosed with a blood clot every minute. One person dies from a blood clot every six minutes. (Clot Connect).
If you haven’t yet heard of Clot Connectan online resource for the general condition of clotting, I am pleased to introduce this to you. Clot Connect is a resource for both patients and healthcare professionals offering up to date information on clotting and support to those suffering with the condition.
I am grateful for permission granted to me to refer to their site, and in turn for them to point back at mine for specific information on portal vein thrombosis and the ongoing condition of portal hypertension.
Clot Connect further defined (as per Clot Connect background)
Clot Connect®(clotconnect.org) is an information and outreach project of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center. Clot Connect’s mission is to increase knowledge of blood clots, clotting disorders and anticoagulation by providing education and support resources for patients and health care professionals.
Clot Connect emerged in September 2010 from the observation that blood clot survivors face many unique challenges including risks associated with anticoagulant use (blood thinners), the development of post-thrombotic disorders and increased risks for future clots. Blood clot survivors and their families need information and support to manage the effects of a blood clot and to prevent future clots. It was also recognized that health care professionals need easier access to the latest treatment options and scientific research related to the diagnosis, care and management of patients with blood clots and clotting disorders. Additionally, it was known that although blood clots area a common health condition, there exists low public awareness.
Clot Connect initiatives are targeted at:
Persons who have experienced a blood clot
Persons at high risk for developing a blood clot
Healthcare professionals who treat patient with or at risk for blood clots