NASCAR® driver Brian Vickers and three-time Olympic medalist Katie Hoff are renowned in the world of sports for their willingness to face off against the fiercest opponents. Both have now faced a different type of opponent: blood clots.
Hoff was the youngest U.S. athlete to compete in the 2004 Summer Games, and currently holds the American record for her 400-meter individual medley and formerly held the world record in the same event. Though she qualified for the Olympics at 15 and won three medals at 19, Hoff, now 27, did not get to end her career on her own terms.
She was training aggressively for an Olympic comeback but was derailed by searing pain from what turned out to be a pulmonary embolism, or PE, blood clots that traveled up to her lungs. She tried to resume her work after the clots dissipated, but lingering scar tissue reduced her breathing capacity just enough to rob her of world-class speed.
Vickers was the full-time driver of the No. 55 Toyota Camry for Michael Waltrip Racing in the NASCAR® Sprint Cup Series. He has won three races each in both the NASCAR® Sprint Cup and NASCAR® Nationwide racing series.
His career has also been cut short due to blood clots. Brian developed deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, a blood clot that forms in the leg. Currently he is involved in numerous projects outside of racing and would welcome the chance to be back in the seat of a race car if the situation made sense for his career and goals.
These conditions –DVT and PE, affect as many as 900,000 Americans, with many experiencing a potentially life-threatening blood clot every year. Sadly, as many as 100,000 people die each year from blood clots. Those who have had a DVT or PE remain at an increased risk for another episode.
Additional Facts About Blood Clots:
In support of Blood Clot Awareness, Brian and Katie have partnered with the National Blood Clot Alliance (NBCA), a nonprofit, patient-led organization dedicated to advancing the prevention, early diagnosis and successful treatment of life-threatening blood clots. Over the next 100 days, the NBCA will share educational information and real health stories, including those of Brian Vickers and Katie Hoff, to help raise awareness of blood clots.
Katie and Brian together joined me to talk about their experiences with DVT and PE to increase awareness and help others like them, and to encourage others to know the risks, signs, symptoms, and available treatment options for blood clots.
Brian Vickers And Katie Hoff Open Up About A Serious Health Condition
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You can learn more about Katie and Brian’s health experiences by watching the videos sharing their personal journeys that are featured on TreatMyClot.com. For every video view of their stories, their partner Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. will make a donation to the National Blood Clot Alliance.