You've probably heard by now that NBC lost one of its top correspondents, David Bloom, this weekend. He was a familiar face perched above a tank in Iraq, bringing us daily reports on the trek into Baghdad, and he was a co-host of Weekend Today.
It's official now: his death was caused by a pulmonary embolism. Usually, pulmonary embolisms are caused by blood clots that begin in the leg. So, are there any symptoms? Dr. Hagedorn also says that the #1 cause for these clots is staying in the same position for a long period of time, so just as it is recommended to stretch your legs on long airline flights or road trips, the same holds true for marines traveling in tankers and cramped in one position for long distances.
By the way, Dr. Hagedorn tells me that he was a huge fan of David Blooms reports. If you admired him also, and would like to send your condolences to the Bloom family, you can ( click here ) to send an e-mail. The adress is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Bloom was 39 years-old, and he leaves behind a wife and three daughters. You can also write the Bloom family at:
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