Tuesday, October 13, 2015

World Thrombosis Day – October 13th

Last year we told readers about the first World Thrombosis Day. The effort continues this year with the second annual WTD scheduled to take place on October 13th (the birthday of Rudolf Virchow, the German physician who pioneered the pathophysiology of thrombosis).

The goal of this educational campaign is to raise awareness about blood clots and to reduce the number of undiagnosed cases. Community events, lectures, health fairs, and scientific meetings will help spread the word around the world about this preventable condition.

Here’s a quick review of thromboses, a.k.a. blood clots. A blood clot in a deep vein is known as deep vein thrombosis, or DVT. DVT can be dangerous because the high pressure in the system could cause the clot to break free from the vein wall and enter the blood stream. When that happens the DVT becomes a venous thromboembolism, or VTE. The embolism (a blood clot that has “broken free”) could then travel up through the legs, back to the heart and then to the lungs where it blocks some or all of the blood supply to the lungs. This is called a pulmonary embolism, or PE, and it can often be fatal.

To learn more about this common—and commonly overlooked—medical condition, go to www.worldthrombosisday.org. There you’ll find facts about VTE, as well as personal stories of blood clot survivors and their families.

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