Press Release


ACOG District II News


The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, District II

Recognizes World Thrombosis Day
ACOG District II Addresses Leading Cause of Maternal Death

Albany, NY – October 13, 2015
- The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) District II, recognizes today as the second annual World Thrombosis Day, by bringing attention to the Prevention and Treatment of Venous Thromboembolism during Pregnancy.


New York State ranks 47th out of 50 states in its maternal death rate despite being home to some of the most clinically-advanced, state-of-the-art medical institutions in the world.


Venous thromboembolism (VTE) was identified as one of the three leading causes of Maternal Mortality in New York State by the Safe Motherhood Initiative (SMI), a project of ACOG District II.


VTE is the formation of blood clots in the legs, pelvis or lungs that can decrease or block blood flow in the body. Blood clotting problems are more common among pregnant and postpartum women because of the physiological changes that accompany pregnancy, such as blood that clots more easily, slower blood flow, compression of pelvic and other veins, and decreased mobility. Understanding what VTE looks and feels like, and learning what to discuss with a doctor can have a huge impact on your pregnancy outcome.


VTE Types & Symptoms

  • DVT, or blood clot in the leg: most common in pregnancy; pain/tenderness often starting in the calf; swelling including the ankle or foot; redness, noticeable changes in color and/or warmth in the leg; or
  • PE, or blood clot in the lung: unexplained shortness of breath or rapid breathing; chest pain or tightness (sometimes worse upon a deep breath); rapid heart rate; and/or light headedness or fainting.

Talk with your Doctor about possible risk factors!
These include:

  • Personal or family history of blood clots
  • Cancer/chemotherapy
  • Prolonged immobility
  • Hypertension
  • Increased tendency for excessive clotting (thrombophilia)
  • Obesity
  • Smoking

ACOG District II urges everyone to share this information with friends and family, especially pregnant women, to avoid and/or identify these life threatening conditions and ensure that all families are safe and healthy.


For additional information about VTE in pregnancy visit the ACOG FAQ on Preventing Deep Vein Thrombosis, the Safe Motherhood Initiative or visit the ACOG District II webpage or contact the ACOG District office at (518) 436-3461.




The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, District II (ACOG) represents over 4,000 members who deliver health care to New York's women. Our Albany office offers its resources as a scientific and educational organization dedicated to quality health care for women. Our commitment to professional excellence, combined with our choice to be a strong public advocate for New York women, has made District II one of the state's most trusted and credible voices on all aspects of health care for women.
Contact Information: 518-436-3461




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