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Burgess, Blunt Rochester, Murphy, Tonko Work to Raise Awareness for Blood Clots

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Vice Chairman of the House Rules Committee, joined by Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.), Congressman Gregory F. Murphy, M.D. (R-NC), and Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) seek to raise awareness for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) by introducing a resolution for “Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism Awareness Month.” “DVT impacts nearly a million Americans each year, with close to 100,000 Americans losing their life due to a blood clot,” said Rep. Burgess. “By recognizing Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism Awareness Month, we can hopefully raise awareness to help prevent further blood clot related deaths. I am grateful to Representatives Blunt Rochester, Murphy, and Tonko for partnering with me to help combat these serious health conditions and save lives.”   “Like many Americans – I’ve lost a loved one due to blood clots and this issue is deeply personal to me,” said Rep. Blunt Rochester. “That’s why I’m proud to join Rep. Burgess and my other colleagues in recognition of Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism Awareness Month to help raise awareness and, ultimately, save lives.”   “Almost a hundred thousand Americans lose their lives from deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism every year. This is a preventable medical condition, and recognizing Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism Awareness Month will raise much-needed awareness on it,” said Rep. Murphy. “I am proud to support this resolution in an effort to educate the American people and work toward reducing the prevalence of deadly DVT and PE.”   "This issue came to my attention because of the advocacy and dedication of the family of Jennifer Luft. A beloved daughter, sister, granddaughter, and niece, Jennifer lost her life in 2022 due to her condition of Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism being misdiagnosed, something that is all too common in patients and particularly in young women with this condition,” said Rep. Tonko. “I’m committed to honoring Jennifer’s legacy by standing with her family and all advocates working to raise awareness about these life-threatening, but preventable blood clots. Our resolution does just that. I urge Congress to advance this resolution and help prevent another tragic death to DVT/PE.”