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 The Melanie Bloom Interview (Page 1 of 3)

An Interview with Melanie Bloom

Melanie Bloom Interview

After her husband, NBC News correspondent David Bloom, died from complications of deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) while covering the war in Iraq, Melanie Bloom felt the need to speak out.
Following David’s death in April 2003, Melanie became more aware of DVT and pulmonary embolism (PE), a potentially fatal complication of DVT. She learned about the risk factors for this condition—such as restricted mobility—that may have led to the development of David’s fatal blood clot.  Melanie also learned that David had a silent risk factor, Factor V Leiden—an inherited blood coagulant disorder that can increase a person's risk of DVT.  Having three or more risk factors for DVT may put someone at risk and could lead to a potentially fatal PE. David had four.
Most important to family caregivers, Melanie also learned that DVT can be prevented if you are aware of the risk factors, signs and symptoms, and speak to your doctor.
Melanie sat down with Editor-In-Chief Gary Barg to talk about some very important health issues of which family caregivers need to become aware.

Gary Barg: I was a big fan of your husband's work on NBC and it was a shock to hear how he died in Iraq.  It was actually the first time I heard about DVT.

Melanie Bloom:  Gary, me too. I had never heard of it before; so the most important person in your life died from something you do not even know about. It is pretty hard to swallow that.  And thank you for saying you enjoyed his work.  That means a lot.

Gary Barg: Can you tell me a little bit about what happened to him?

Melanie Bloom:  My husband, David Bloom, was covering the War in Iraq for NBC News. He was 39-years-old and had developed pain in his legs, but he was in the middle of a war zone; so he really did not pay much attention to leg cramps. But he died only two days after mentioning leg cramps.  DVT refers to deep veins of the legs and when it hits the lungs it is called a PE; and that is, sadly, what took my husband's life. After it traveled to the lungs, he didn't have a chance. DVT is the same clot that actually originates in the legs and is often fatal when that clot or a piece of it breaks loose and then travels to the lungs. When it hits the lungs, even though it is still the same clot, it is called a pulmonary embolism or PE. 

Gary Barg:  DVT is a very important topic of caregivers to understand. Can you tell me what symptoms we family caregivers need to be looking out for?


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