from Henry I. Bussey, Pharm.D.
What largely preventable condition kills more people each year in Europe and the U.S. than breast cancer, prostate cancer, motor vehicle accidents, and AIDS COMBINED? According to the World Thrombosis Day (WTD) group of the International Society of Thrombosis and Hemostasis, the condition is venous thrombolism (VTE). A new international study by the WTD group, however, reveals that approximately only half of those surveyed were aware of VTE, which includes deep vein thrombosis (DVT or blood clots in the legs) and pulmonary embolism (PE or blood clots in the lungs). And even fewer were able to identify risk factors for VTE, the usual symptoms, or that most VTEs can be prevented. Clearly there is a major international need to increase awareness of the risks of VTE and what can be done to prevent these potentially catastrophic and deadly events.
The entire study results are available online at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jth.13031/abstract
Stay tuned for more information as World Thrombosis Day (Oct. 13th) approaches.