Tampa, FL -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/24/2019 -- Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram missed the rest of what had been a breakout season after being diagnosed with a deep vein thrombosis in his right arm.
The episode shows that blood clots can happen to anyone, not just the elderly or unwell.
That is the take-home message for Greg Grambor. He is president of Vascular PRN, a national distributor of pneumatic compression therapy devices for the prevention of blood clots.
"This is a professional athlete in his prime, under the care of world-class doctors, and he had a deep vein thrombosis," Grambor said. "We all need to be aware of the risk."
Ingram's diagnosis came after he reported pain in his shoulder. He successfully underwent surgery to remove the clot and is expected to make a full recovery, but he will not be cleared to return to the court before the end of the season.
Ingram is not the first to be sidelined by a blood clot. Miami Heat superstar Chris Bosh experienced at least two clots which, with related complications, ended his career early.
Grambor foresees an uptick in interest in clot prevention in the sports world.
"You can't prevent 100 percent of clots, but with modern compression therapy and active awareness, the harm associated with clots can be minimized."
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