NASCAR Driver on Blood Clot Risk Factors

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Each year up to 900,000 Americans experience a DVT or deep vein thrombosis.   That leads to some 300,000 deaths each year, according to the American Heart Association.

Newswatch 12 This Morning spoke live with NASCAR driver Brian Vickers about his own experience with blood clots.  Vickers says a blood clot was found in his leg once in 2010, and again this past October.

A blood clot can travel from your legs to your lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism.  That is a serious, potentially life-threatening complication of DVT that doctors say can damage the lungs and other organs in the body.

Doctors say blood clots are often found among people who sit for long periods of time.  Other risk factors include being overweight and having other medical issues like heart failure or cancer.