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A video is going viral on social media. It features a Black woman who claims to be a nurse offering advice to Black people about Covid-19.

She says most Black people who die from Covid-19 have strokes (lack of blood flow to the brain) or blood clots in their lungs and extremities.

She claims most of her Black male patients who come to the ER aren't complaining of a fever or cough. She says they are suffering from "malaise" or a generalized weakness and pain in the extremities.

The woman advises people who suspect they may have deep vein thrombosis (DVT) to get up and walk.

Walking is appropriate after you have been successfully treated for DVT, and only on the advice of your doctor.

Telling someone who suspects they may have deep vein thrombosis to get up and walk is dangerous advice. Standing up and walking will only aggravate the condition, and sometimes results in immediate death.

That is because the blood clot is stable in the leg while you are seated or immobile. But if you stand up and walk, the clot may break off and travel up your leg to your lungs or heart.

DVT is sometimes caused by inactivity or sitting on a sofa for long hours without walking or exercising.

The increase in strokes (lack of blood flow to the brain) or DVT is probably due in part to people sitting at home watching the news all day on TV and not exercising (sedentary lifestyle).

If you have unexplained pain and swelling in your lower legs or arms, the skin feels hot to the touch, and you have a positive Homan's sign (Google it), call your doctor or healthcare provider or go to the emergency room.

Be careful following bad advice on the Internet. Much if it is spread by agents of misinformation who target the Black community.

Remember to wash your hands frequently and don't touch your face.
 

Talk show host Wendy Williams was spotted out and about in NYC on Monday, June 17. The photos show she is suffering from edema (swelling) in both legs. Wendy has Graves' disease, an endocrine disorder that causes hyperthyroidism, also known as an overactive thyroid. Graves' disease does not commonly cause marked edema in both legs. The cause of her edema is unknown.

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R&B singer Tweet has been hospitalized with blood clots, according to published reports. The 46-year-old singer whose real name is Charlene Keys is reportedly suffering from blood clots in her lungs (pulmonary embolism).

Blood clots are potentially deadly when they block the flow of oxygen rich blood to an artery, causing necrosis (tissue death) in the lungs.

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Tamar Braxton

Sad news: singer and daytime talk show host Tamar Braxton is sicker than originally thought. According to my well-connected inside source, Tamar is short of breath with minimal exertion and extremely weak on the set of 'The Real'.

This information conflicts with Tamar's story that she has fully recovered from her health scare.

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Chris Bosh and son

Miami Heat center Chris Bosh will miss the rest of the NBA season after he was diagnosed with Pulmonary Embolism (blood clots in his lungs). The 30-year-old Dallas native was diagnosed with the potentially fatal blood disorder last week after complaining of chest discomfort while vacationing in Haiti with his wife, Adrienne Bosh, and Heat teammate Dwyane Wade.

Someone uploaded this photo of Bosh and his son, Jackson on Bosh's Instagram page on Saturday. The caption reads: "Thank you for all the messages, love, and support. It has truly lifted my spirits through this tough process."

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Franklin Foulks and Jamal Rutledge

A quick-thinking teenager may have saved the life of a police officer who apparently suffered a heart attack or stroke.

In September, Fort Lauderdale officer Franklin Foulks, 2nd from left, was in the process of booking 16-year-old Jamal Rutledge when he suddenly collapsed on the floor of the holding area. With no other officers in the vicinity, Officer Foulks was at the teen's mercy.

But Rutledge jumped into action, screaming and kicking on the fence until officers responded.

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Yesterday, celebrity gossip website TMZ.com reported that legendary rap artist Heavy D died from a blood clot in the lung (Pulmonary embolus or PE) that was caused by Deep leg vein thrombosis. That terminology is incorrect since deep vein thrombosis can occur anywhere in the body, not just the legs. The correct term is Deep Vein Thrombosis or DVT.

DVT has been in the news lately because several high profile figures have been diagnosed with it, or died recently, including Heavy D and reality TV star Tamar Braxton's husband, Vince Hebert, who survived his bout with DVT and PE.

Pulmonary embolism is usually fatal and involves a blood clot (thrombus) traveling from the legs or arms and into the lungs (PE). People at high risk for DVTs are those who live a sedentary lifestyle (couch potatoes), sit for long periods of time at cubicle desks or travel long distances on planes.

Pulmonary embolisms are often misdiagnosed as something else — such as pneumonia or cardiac arrest. There are law firms that base their entire practice around misdiagnosed pulmonary embolism cases.

Anyone can be diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis. Other risk factors that predispose people to DVTs, include pregnancy, obesity, dehydration, crushing injuries, or people with strokes or heart conditions.

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