BiographyChief, Division of Vascular Imaging and Intervention
Ana Gamboa Webelman has suffered four venous thromboembolic events, or deep vein blood clots, during her lifetime. The clots threatened to end her days as a runner until Robert Schainfeld, DO, and Stephan Wicky, MD, physicians at the Massachusetts General Hospital Vascular Center, were able to diagnose and treat the underlying cause of the clots - May-Thurner syndrome.
The medical community has made great strides treating coronary and carotid artery diseases and reducing mortality associated with myocardial infarctions and strokes. While as many as 3 million Americans have renal artery stenosis (RAS)—a condition that narrows or blocks the vessels that supply blood to the kidneys—RAS is often overlooked and underdiagnosed.
March is DVT Awareness Month. Up to 600,000 people are hospitalized in the United States each year for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). If left untreated, DVT cases can lead to Pulmonary Emboli, which are blood clots that escape into the circulation and become lodged in the lungs. They result in nearly 60,000 deaths each year.
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