Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) affects about two million Americans annually, mostly in men and women over 40. DVT occurs when a blood clot develops in a vein deep in the body. It can lead to serious conditions like pulmonary embolism, which blocks blood flow when the clot travels to the lungs. Blood clots that form in the invisible "deep veins" can be an immediate threat to your life, according to the Vascular Disease Foundation. Joining this Patient Power program to shed light on this potentially fatal condition is leading expert Dr. Andrew Schafer. Dr. Schafer is chairman of the Department of Medicine and the E. Hugh Luckey Distinguished Professor of Medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College, and also Physician-in-Chief of the New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York.
Le Keisha Ruffin, a wife, mother and homemaker was experiencing excruciating pain for quite a while. The pain was so sharp in her chest and side that it felt like someone was literally stabbing her over and over again in the same spot. Mrs. Ruffin later went in for an EKG, a CT-Scan, a Venous Doppler and many other tests.