King County Council raises deep-vein thrombosis awareness

March 27, 2012

By Staff

King County Council members — led by Councilman Reagan Dunn — sought to raise awareness of a life-threatening condition March 19, 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.

“In honor of my mother, I have worked across the country to raise awareness of this serious, yet preventable, condition,” Reagan Dunn said.

Jennifer Dunn, a former state GOP chairwoman, represented Issaquah and the 8th Congressional District in Washington, D.C., from January 1993 to January 2005.

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, move into the lungs and block circulation, creating a pulmonary embolism — a life-threatening condition. Pulmonary embolisms caused by deep-vein thrombosis claim up to 300,000 lives in the United States each year.

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