Thrombosis is responsible for one in four deaths worldwide, but the good news is that many, if not most cases, are preventable. That’s why it’s important to know if you are at risk and learn what you can do to help keep life flowing. Precision BioLogic is proud to support World Thrombosis Day and help the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) increase global awareness of thrombosis. Here are five things you should know about thrombosis...
When a blood clot forms in a leg vein, it is known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). If the clot then moves to your lungs, it is called pulmonary embolism (PE). Together, DVT and PE are known as venous thromboembolism or VTE – a potentially deadly medical condition that claims between 100,000 to 300,000 lives annually in the United States alone.
“Thrombosis is a significant public health issue about which many people are woefully unaware,” says Dr. Gary Raskob, Ph.D., dean of the College of Public Health at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and chairman of the World Thrombosis Day Steering Committee. “Being proactive and knowing the risk factors, as well as being able to spot the signs and symptoms, can be the difference between life and death.”
Here are five things you need to know about thrombosis and VTE:
- Thrombosis is often the underlying cause of heart attack, thromboembolic stroke and VTE, the top three cardiovascular killers.
- Going to the hospital? Get better, not a blood clot. People who are hospitalized, undergoing surgery, have cancer or are immobilized for a prolonged period of time are most at risk for VTE. Ask your doctor for a VTE risk assessment anytime you are admitted to the hospital.
- The most common symptoms of DVT are pain, tenderness, redness, warmth and/or swelling in the leg.
- People with a clot in the lung—a PE – may experience shortness of breath, rapid breathing, chest pain, rapid heart rate, lightheadedness and/or even pass out.
- If you experience any of the symptoms of thrombosis, seek medical attention right away, even if you do not have any known risk factors.
For more information about thrombosis and VTE, visit worldthrombosisday.org.