GEORGIA THROMBOSIS FORUM (GTF)
An affiliate of North American Thrombosis Forum (www.natfonline.org). The mission of GTF is to spread the awareness of thrombosis, network with various groups involved in thrombosis, train young volunteers for writing, presenting, and gaining knowledge of thrombosis, arrange publications in various media involving our efforts in the community, and allow the youth volunteers to organize, plan, and handle all the activities.
Thrombosis has alarming statistics. Pulmonary Embolism (PE), a form of thrombosis, affects over 600,000 people in the US annually, and unfortunately, kills half of them (300,000), that’s more than breast cancer and AIDS combined. One person is diagnosed with a blood clot every minute. One person dies from a blood clot every six minutes. PE is the leading cause of maternal death associated with childbirth.
GTF IN ACTION
We have been achieving our mission through creation of various booths that are arranged through the ideas of our young volunteers. GTF has been honored by the State of GA and several communities in the State of Georgia by proclaiming Thrombosis Awareness Month, active participation in several events, such as the Suwanee Fest, and some members have given presentations to their fellow peers, all for the sole purpose of spreading the awareness of thrombosis in the community.
DVT+PE = VTE
A clot in the vein (usually in the leg or pelvis) is known as a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and a clot that breaks off and travels to the lungs is known as a pulmonary embolism (PE). Together, DVT and PE make up venous thromboembolism (VTE).