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Advisory Board Member Dr Samuel Goldhaber Plays Key Role in Developing “Call to Action” to Prevent Venous Thromboembolism.

Bridgewater, NJ, November 03, 2008 --( On September 15, 2008, Acting Surgeon General Rear Admiral Steven K. Galson, MD, MPH, issued “The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism” addressing the serious but often silent condition of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and its most serious complication, pulmonary embolism (PE). The “Call to Action” can be found online at ... and urges all Americans to become familiar with the risk factors and triggers for the development of DVT. Its intent is threefold:

• Increase awareness among consumers, healthcare providers, and healthcare administrators about the risk factors, triggers, and symptoms of DVT and PE
• Develop evidence-based practices for screening, preventing, diagnosing, and treating DVT and PE, especially among high-risk groups, and ensure that medical professionals adhere to these practices
• Continue research on the causes of DVT and PE to understand why certain groups are at increased risk and to develop treatment and prevention strategies

Samuel Z. Goldhaber, MD, Co-editor of the Surgeon General’s “Call to Action” and advisory board member of, said:

“The Surgeon General’s ‘Call to Action to Prevent DVT and PE’ is as historic in 2008 as the Surgeon General’s report in the 1960s that pointed out the danger of cigarette smoking to the American public. Not enough Americans are aware of how DVT and PE cause the loss of more than 100,000 lives per year and contribute to disability and poor quality of life to many additional hundreds of thousands annually. Fortunately, many DVT and PE cases can be prevented with adequate education of healthcare professionals. The Surgeon General’s ‘Call to Action’ will serve as a reminder to physicians, nurses, and pharmacists that DVT and PE require constant vigilance to employ established and safe preventive measures and to consider the diagnosis when evaluating patients.” fully supports the Surgeon General’s efforts and underscores the importance of increasing the knowledge base of physicians through evidence-based continuing medical education that enables them to make fully informed decisions regarding diagnosis, treatment, and prevention options.

About is an educational web site for healthcare practitioners with an interest in the prevention and management of thrombosis, which remains one of the leading causes of death in the United States. By offering CME/CE programs and key resources (, we address the many clinical challenges facing healthcare professionals and their patients. Aimed at being the primary resource for thrombosis education, our daily updates and input from leading experts in the field provide the latest advances in treatment, as well as tools and materials to help answer practical questions.

An Advisory Council of key opinion leaders in the area of thrombosis has come together to support the development of the educational initiatives on The goal of the Advisory Council, known as TRACK (Thrombosis Resource for the Advancement of Clinical Knowledge), is to educate healthcare practitioners across multiple specialties on emerging approaches to diagnosis, prophylaxis, and treatment of thrombosis.

The Elsevier Office of Continuing Medical Education is pleased to provide CME/CE certification for many of the programs posted on this web site. Elsevier is a world leader in healthcare and medical science publishing.

Original Release: “ Supports Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent VTE” is supported by an educational grant from sanofi-aventis U.S.

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