King County Council raises awareness of deep-vein thrombosis
March 20, 2012
NEW — 6 a.m. March 20, 2012
King County Council members — led by Councilman Reagan Dunn — sought to raise awareness of a life-threatening condition Monday, and proclaimed March as Deep-Vein Thrombosis Awareness Month.
Dunn, a local representative on the council, sponsored the proclamation to honor his late mother, former U.S. Rep. Jennifer Dunn. The elder Dunn died in September 2007 from a pulmonary embolism caused by deep-vein thrombosis.
“DVT awareness continues to grow in the public realm, but more needs to be done so people understand the signs and symptoms of DVT and can reduce their risk,” Reagan Dunn said. “In honor of my mother, I have worked across the country to raise awareness of this serious, yet preventable, condition.”
Jennifer Dunn, a former state GOP chairwoman, represented Issaquah and the 8th Congressional District in Washington, D.C., from January 1993 to January 2005.
The deep-vein thrombosis is the formation of a blood clot in a deep vein, most often in the lower leg. The clot can then break off and, if not treated immediately, can move into the lungs and block circulating, creating a pulmonary embolism — a life-threatening condition.
Dr. Roger Stark, Washington Policy Center health care analyst, and Dr. Anneliese Schleyer, associate medical doctor at Harborview Medical Center and a deep-vein thrombosis expert, accepted the proclamation from Reagan Dunn.
The proclamation supports a national campaign to build awareness of deep-vein thrombosis and to encourage the public to undergo screening. The condition affects about 2 million people in the United States each year — including 600,000 hospitalized for deep-vein thrombosis. The pulmonary embolisms caused by deep-vein thrombosis claim up to 300,000 lives in the United States each year.
“Simple steps can ensure that people know the signs of DVT,” Reagan Dunn said. “Those signs and understanding what needs to be done can literally save lives.”