Lifeblood - The Thrombosis Charity
Lifeblood: The Thrombosis Charitywishes to increase awareness of thrombosis among the public and health professionals and to raise research funds to improve patient care through improved prevention and treatment of venous thromboembolic disease.
On 3rdNovember 2010, Kim collapsed while getting off a flight from South Africa to London. She was diagnosed with two blood clots, one on each lung.
To be honest, in the past, we never really thought much about blood and had no idea that blood clots could have such a drastic effect on life.
What a way to become aware of blood, and the importance of looking after it.
The clots affected Kim so severely that for the first few months she could not breathe properly, and she was stuck in the flat. She could not even walk up the High Road. It took just over a year to feel even close to full fitness.
While the NHS looked after us very well, they came unstuck for us, as they thought Warfarin was the only answer, however Kim managed to change the condition of her blood through nutrition, something the doctors had not mentioned.
As a result of the experience, We wanted to do something for other people out there who are going through a similar experience.
We also want to promote awareness of blood and clotting, and how nutrition can be used to help. We all know about flying and blood clots, but do the airlines really do enough to inform us of the potential risks? Should the NHS help promote nutrition as a remedy, rather than 'Rat Poison'?
Lifeblood was established by a group of people who recognise the need to promote awareness about thrombosis and to increase understanding of its causes, effects and the treatment available.
Thrombosis has been - and remains - a major cause of death in the United Kingdom yet astonishingly, this fact is not widely known. Most people have little or no understanding about the causes and effects of thrombosis, and how it can be prevented. Within the medical field, many see thrombosis as aperipheral area. Lifeblood operates with a philosophy of collaboration, openness and information sharing. They campaign, educate and inform to increase awareness and knowledge of thrombosis and they wish to be a voice for everyone affected by thrombosis.
It is for this reason that Lifeblood: The Thrombosis Charity was founded in February 2002. The charity is governed by seven trustees, supported by amulti-disciplinary group, who are recognised as leaders in thrombosis care and research within the UK.
Their new campaign "SPOT THE CLOTS" came about from the many stories shared with us by people contacting Lifeblood of blood clots beingmissed by health professionals both in the community and in hospital gathers momentum and they continue to work hard to improve education of health professionals and awareness of the general public about clots. Clots can happen to anyone at any time!
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Lifeblood: The Thrombosis Charity. A company limited by guarantee, registered in Englandand Wales. Registered Company No: 4354472. Registered Charity No: 1090540. Registered office: Couch Bright, 91 Gower Street, London WC1E 6AB.