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Blood Clot Awareness

Dixie Duo pictureMark was a 45 year old singer/songwriter living in Waynesboro, VA when he suffered a pulmonary embolus in June 2006. "I want people to know that you don't have to be an old man to suffer a serious blood clot," Mark said. "I was performing a private concert in northern Virginia when I noticed a dull pain in my left calf. After a day of much more intense pain in my right chest area I was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism (lung clot), most likely originating from a blood clot that formed in my leg," explained Mark.

During the 3-hour long concert, Hackley remained in an awkward position where, according to doctors, a new cowboy-style, calf-high boot most likely cut off or reduced the blood flow to his calf, thus allowing a blood clot to form. Months earlier he had suffered a severe muscle pull in his upper leg during a softball match. Sitting for long periods of time, injuries, and surgeries are all possible culprits for blood clots. There are a number of other risk factors for forming blood clots. You can find out more about blood clots at

Like most individuals who experience a deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism, Mark was treated first with heparin and then with warfarin (brand name Coumadin), which he took for a year after the clot. "Having a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolus (PE) is a very serious situation, and I want to help increase awareness of DVT and PE so that others may prevent blood clots before they happen." In an effort to help promote DVT Awareness, Mark is an advocate of blood clot awareness and supports the National Blood Clot Alliance. His CD is available for purchase from his website at


  • A dull to sharp pain in the back of one calf
  • Possible swelling and/ or discoloration of one calf to purple or blue


  • Pain in the chest
  • Possible shortness of breath


Walk and stretch your legs often, especially during:

  • Extended trips by plane, train and automobile
  • Lengthy periods of bedrest
  • Long hours sitting behind a desk
  • Any tight or cramped situation  

Mark is available to speak/ perform to help promote community awareness of blood clots.


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