Brian Vickers was on the fast track to becoming a NASCAR superstar, but a pulmonary embolism stalled his career in 2010. The racecar driver, then 26 years old, noticed that he was sluggish and out of breath on a bike ride, and by the next day, he was in pain with every breath. He was diagnosed with multiple blood clots, including a pulmonary embolism, he told Everyday Health in a 2014 interview. Though he recovered and returned to racing, deep vein thrombosis struck again in 2013 after a foot injury that required wearing a boot. Vickers returned to racing in 2014.
TV Show Host Regis Philbin
The former “Live With Regis and Kelly” co-host, now 82, had triple-bypass surgery in 2007 and a hip replacement in December 2009, both of which could have contributed to his DVT risk. In May 2010, at age 78, he announced that he had a blood clot in his leg and had the clot surgically removed, reported Fox News. Philbin noted that leg pain from the clot had made it difficult to walk.