NeNe Leakes, the star of Real Housewives of Atlanta, says, “I’m blessed to be alive.” Yes, she is.
According to NewsOne, Nene went to the hospital after not feeling well. She said:
“Late last week I wasn’t feeling well and was feeling a little short of breath,” the statement reads. “I know my body and I know when I should be concerned so I went to the hospital to get checked out. After some routine tests I was diagnosed with blood clots in my lung. I’m told this happened to me because of the constant traveling around the country that I do for my job.”
The 47-year-old, who posted a picture of herself in her hospital bed with her granddaughter Bri’asia, 17 months, admitted she was “thankful to be alive.”
“Contrary to reports I did not have a heart attack,” she clarified. “I’m thankful to be alive as the doctor advised me that most people don’t recognize the symptoms of blood clots and don’t go to the doctor and that’s when the big problems start happening.”
If a blood clot (thrombus) forms in the one of the body’s veins (deep vein thrombosis or DVT), it has the potential to break off and enter the circulatory system and travel (or embolize) through the heart and become lodged in the one of the branches of the pulmonary artery of the lung.
A pulmonary embolus clogs the artery that provides blood supply to part of the lung. The embolus not only prevents the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide, but it also decreases blood supply to the lung tissue itself, potentially causing lung tissue to die (infarct).
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