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Hot off The Press: Stand Up for Life

Posted on: December 27, 2011

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It was just announced that the late rapper Heavy D died from a pulmonary embolism (PE), which is a blockage of a major artery in the lung.   It is caused by a blog clot which may form in the legs and travel upwards to the lungs if not caught in time.   PE is a silent killer because the symptoms often go unseen, as in the case of Heavy D.

I know all too well how scary PE can be.  My mom had it a few years ago. She thought she had overworked a little too hard at the gym and figured the pain in her leg would go away the next day.   The next day the pain turned to a slight twinge in her chest, then to heavy breathing and then the emergency room…

I thank God every day they caught it in time.  She spent the next several years on daily medication and is now healthy but always on alert not to sit too long without stretching for fear another clot will come back.   After going through our ordeal with PE, I can’t understand why there isn’t more information about it.  They say more than 300,000 people have PE a year!

So don’t sleep…drive or sit for long periods of time without stretching your legs.

Taking a quick stand could save your life.

For more information about PE visit:  http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/pe/

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