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Preventable Blood Clots Are Major Contributor To U.S. Deaths

Piron Guilaume

According to theNational Blood Clot Alliance, blood clots kill 274 Americans every day. On this episode of Talk of Iowa, we’ll learn about the dangers of blood clots, risk factors and prevention and, most importantly, how to read the signs that might save your life.

The program begins with Todd Robertson of Des Moines. Back in 2014, Robertson nearly became another blood clot fatality. He had a pulmonary embolism, a blood clot that passed through his heart and lodged in his lung. Since his near death experience, Robertson has worked hard to raise awareness of blood clots in the hopes of saving others. He is now a new board member and advisor with the National Blood Clot Alliance.

Later on, Nebbe speaks with Leslie Lake of the National Blood Clot Alliance about her survival story and with Dr. Rachel Rosovsky of Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Rosovsky is one of the nation's leading authorities on the relationship between COVID-19 and blood clots.


  • Todd Robertson, new board member and advisor with the National Blood Clot Alliance, blood clot survivor, and resident of Des Moines
  • Leslie Lake, board president, National Blood Clot Alliance
  • Dr. Rachel Rosovsky, hematologist and director of thrombosis research in the division of hematology at Massachusetts General Hospital, assistant professor at Harvard Medical School
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River