Blood clots: Raising awareness of risk factors and treatments


It can happen to anyone at any time; a pulmonary embolism blood clot.

March is designated "National Blood Clot" awareness month and for a Dublin woman, the mission is personal. Her husband was killed by a blood clot in August of 2016.

Michele Brenner said she did not know much about blood clots or the risk on the day her husband of 16 years, Steve, had one at their Dublin home.

"My kids saw it all it was pretty horrific," she said.

The Brenners were headed to the hospital for a pre-surgery check. Steve was scheduled for hip replacement the next day.

He'd been immobile -- restricted by the extreme pain. Michele believes it could have been prevented had they known immobility was one of the risk factors.

OhioHealth Vascular expert Raghu Kolluri says knowing the risk factors is critical and calls blood clots the "great masquerader."

Women should be especially alert as birth control with estrogen raises your risk for blood clots as does obesity and major surgery.

“Any chest pain, and shortness of breath, any leg swelling, don't take it easy go to the emergency room," Dr. Kolluri said.

For more information from the National Blood Clot Alliance, click here.