Public Seminar To Shed Light On Serious Health Threat

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Two physicians from University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics will join a national spokesperson with a personal mission to discuss an important public health concern during a special "Health for Your Lifetime" event from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, at the Holiday Inn Conference Center located at 1220 First Ave. in Coralville.

Peter Kaboli, M.D., UI assistant professor of internal medicine, and John Sharp, M.D., an expert with UI Heart and Vascular Care, will discuss deep vein thrombosis, or DVT. The disorder causes a clot to form in blood vessels, usually in the legs. A portion of that clot can break off and travel through the bloodstream to the lungs or heart and cause a potentially fatal complication of DVT called a pulmonary embolism, or PE.

NBC News correspondent David Bloom died from complications related to DVT in April 2003 while covering the war in Iraq. His widow, Melanie Bloom, now serves as the National Patient Spokesperson on behalf of the Coalition to Prevent DVT. She will be at the event to share her story.

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Prolonged immobility, combined with dehydration, may have led to the development of David Bloom's fatal blood clot. He also had a silent risk factor, Factor V Leiden, an inherited blood coagulant disorder that can increase a person's risk of DVT. Having three or more risk factors for DVT may put someone at risk and can lead to a potentially fatal PE.

Melanie Bloom's hope in telling her story is that she can help raise public awareness of this silent, insidious killer that took her husband's life.

This free educational seminar is offered as a public service by University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Registration is encouraged in order to permit organizers to plan appropriately for the event. To register or to obtain more information, call UI Health Access at 319-384-8442 or toll-free at 800-777-8442.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009.

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