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National Thrombosis Week 2016: May 2nd – 6th

Pulmonary Embolism remains the most common preventable cause of hospital deaths in the UK.*

25,000 people in England die from VTE (Venous Thromboembolism) every year.**

DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) can occur for no apparent reason, but it often develops after long periods of inactivity, such as during a long-haul flight or if you’re in hospital. DVT can also occur during pregnancy, or as a result of some medical conditions, such as cancer, heart failure, or if the wall of a blood vessel becomes damaged***. If left untreated 1 in 10 people with a DVT with develop pulmonary embolism.

Most blood clots are small and don’t cause any symptoms. Your body will often be able to gradually break them down and there won’t be any long-term effects to your health. Larger clots can be more of a problem as they can partly or completely block the blood flow in your vein. This may cause symptoms in your affected leg or arm, for example:

• swelling
• pain and tenderness
• warm skin that looks red
• a mild fever

National Thrombosis Week helps to raise awareness, extend understanding and provide information and support so that VTE cases can be prevented, and more lives can be saved.

References:
1. *Morrell MT and Dunnill MS (1968) Br J Surg 55, 347-352
2. **House of Commons Health Committee (2005) – The prevention of venous thromboembolism in hospitalised patients
3. ***www.nhs.uk/Conditions/pulmonary-embolism/Pages/Introduction.aspx

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