Virtual Team Meeting

March 2021 

Blood Clot Awareness Month 

Every 6 Minutes 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an American passes away from a blood clot every 6 minutes.* 


*CDC.GOV understanding blood clots infographic. The CDC is owned by the US Dept of Health and Human Services and is not affiliated with this campaign. 

What is a Pulmonary Embolism (PE)? 


A PE occurs when a clot elsewhere in the body travels through the bloodstream to the lungs.  PEs block blood flow to the lungs, decrease the amount of oxygen in the blood, and affect a person's ability to breathe. PEs can be life-threatening.**

Risk Factors*

Symptoms & Signs of PE*

  • A hospital stay 

  • Surgery 

  • Major trauma (i.e., car accident, fall, head injury)

  • Infection

  • Inflammatory or autoimmune disease

  • Active cancer or chemotherapy 

  • Estrogen-containing birth control pills and hormone therapies 

  • Pregnancy   

  • Obesity 

  • Leg paralysis 

  • History of heart attack or stroke 

  • Prior blood clot(s) 

  • Family history of blood clots 

  • Genetic or acquired clotting disorders 

  • Immobility (limited movement), including 

    • Being on bed rest ​

    • Being sedentary (sitting most of the day not physically active)

    • Traveling for long periods of time (4+ hours on a plane, car, or train)  

  • Sudden shortness of breath 

  • Chest pain 

  • Coughing up blood 

  • Rapid or irregular heart rate

*Published by the NATF - What is Thrombosis |

The North American Thrombosis Forum 

M.A.W. supports the North American Thrombosis Forum.  NATF is dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by blood clots and related diseases. 




Proceeds benefit NATF a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization incorporated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

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Manu Ajamu Williams 

M.A.W. was established in 2015, in loving memory of Manu Ajamu Williams.



Manu (furthest on the right), passed away from a PE, at the young age of 36 

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Let's fight blood clots together