So many people around the world suffer from blood clots every year. In the US millions of people are affected by deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism (the focus of my research, although there are many other types of blood clots). An estimated 100,000-300,000 die every year in the US alone from DVT/PE. It can happen to anyone, politicians, professional athletes, or just your average person.

Among those affected are many famous people including:

David Bloom, late NBC reporter


Hillary Clinton, former First Lady and Secretary of State


Dick Cheney, former Vice President

Regis Philbin, talk show host

Adam McQuaid, NHL player, Boston Bruins

Joey Sindelar, professional golfer

Jamie Reno, journalist 

Serena Williams, professional tennis player

Frida Kahlo, late artist

Jimmy Stewart, late actor, “It’s a Wonderful Life”


2 thoughts on “Famous People Affected By Blood Clots

  1. Wow, I had no idea all these people had DVT. It really shows how widespread it is. Interestingly, I just found out that my neighbor has a blood clot in her leg. She’s been to the hospital, but they said they can’t do anything for her. She said she just has to be very careful and can’t kneel down, etc. I was surprised that there was no surgery or treatment that she could have since obviously this is life-threatening for her. Also, she’s having trouble paying for the blood-thinners they have her on, which are apparently very expensive. So I think it’s definitely important that the focus needs to be on preventing the condition in the first place.

    • There are surgical options but they’re only used in cases where the benefits outweigh the risks. In most cases people can be managed on blood thinners. They prevent the clot from getting any bigger while your body slowly breaks it down on its own. Unfortunately though many people can’t afford to buy the medications or have issues with insurance, and noncompliance can lead to worse problems. Thanks for sharing this with me and hopefully your neighbor makes a quick recovery!


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