Georgia Group of Volunteers: Deep Venous Thrombosis

9/20/2014 10:00 AM

Georgia Group of Volunteers: Deep Venous Thrombosis

Georgia Group of Volunteers presents Display of risks of thrombosis and its management. Live discussion.

at the annual "celebration of community," Suwanee Fest, which brings about 40,000 people to the park the third Saturday in September each year.

Dates: Saturday & Sunday, September 20 & 21, 2014
Times:
10 am-7 pm Saturday
Noon-5 pm Sunday
Venue: Suwanee’s award-winning Town Center Park, 330 Town Center Avenue, Suwanee, GA 30024
Contact: Archana Mirchi, archimirchi@gmail.com, 404-924-9457.

Georgia Group of Volunteers (GGV) is a part of North American Thrombosis Forum, NATF (www.natfonline.org), which is a non-profit organization.

The GGV is very much related to the Indian-American community. In fact, all our work of raising the awareness of Thrombosis has been in the Indian-American Community.

All our booths, lectures, articles, presentations have been geared towards addressing the Indian-American and South Asian events. To date, we have arranged several events, involving South Asians (Maharashtra Mandal, Atlanta, Gujrati Samaj, Chinmaya Mission of Atlanta, with plans to have similar events at Jain Samaj, TANA, and other organizations), and Indian-American events (GA State Capitol, Gwinnett County, to name a few).

The purpose of involving the Indian-American and South Asian communities is that this deadly condition does not discriminate between genders, nationality, age, or religion.

Deep venous thrombosis (DVT) is an under-diagnosed, serious, potentially preventable condition occurring when a blood clot forms in a deep vein, such as in the lower leg, thigh, or pelvis, causing a partial or total obstruction of blood flow. An estimated 600,000 Americans suffer from DVT, which could be fatal if the clot detaches, travels to the lungs, blocking blood flow (Pulmonary Embolism, PE). About 300,000 patients are hospitalized each year with DVT, and about 300,000 die per year due to PE. DVT and PE result in poor Quality Of Life, loss of work and low productivity. The annual medical costs in the US for the treatment are estimated to be $5.8 to 7.8 billion! At the booth at the Suwanee Fest, our volunteers will display posters to help everyone understand the condition, what causes it, and how to manage it. Everyone is encouraged to attend the booth to help the community understand about this condition. May be the life we save could be yours!


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