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Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 14th, 2015

Venous thromboembolism and its associated conditions deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism are not only serious medical conditions, but they are very difficult to spell for some of us. Thankfully, we can shorten them to their respective acronyms: VTE, DVT, and PE. With that out of the way, we wanted to share some info about a condition that affects 600,000 Americans each year.

VTE is a common cardiovascular condition that starts when a DVT blood clot develops in the body—usually within the muscles. PE occurs when this blood clot breaks free, travels through the circulatory system to the lungs, and lodges in a main artery or arteries, blocking blood flow. 

Getting VTE is a serious matter. Four in 10 cases of DVT develop into PE.  And one in 10 untreated cases of PE will result in death. The potential for VTE gets worse as we age.

That’s the bad news. The good news?  You can live with VTE because it can be treated if you know what to look for and what to do if you suspect you might have it.

That’s why we have the Living with VTE campaign.  It includes everything you need to know about this condition, including a short video, a downloadable brochure, and a quiz to test your knowledge. In fact, the quiz is a great place to start as it will give you an idea of how much you know about VTE. (And we promise we won't ask you to spell it!)

So, go here to get started by taking the VTE quiz.

A Tribute to a Great Scientist

Author: Dan Perry

Date: March 11th, 2008

FDA Needs More Funding to Fulfill Its Mission

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: March 18th, 2008

Spending or Investing? -- The Silver Book & Innovation

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: March 26th, 2008

A Q & A with Prof. Pieter Kappetein from Medtronic

Author: Alliance Staff

Date: February 20th, 2018

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: What Does It Mean for Older Adults?

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 19th, 2018

HROTW: Learn about Age-Related Macular Degeneration in 60 Seconds

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: December 20th, 2017

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