World Thrombosis Day (October 13): One in four deaths worldwide is related to Thrombosis which refers to abnormal, life-threatening blood clots that form in the artery or vein.
A clot in the vein (usually in the leg or pelvis) is known as a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and a clot that breaks off and travels to the lungs is known as a pulmonary embolism (PE). Together, DVT and PE make up venous thromboembolism (VTE).
In 2012, the World Health Assembly (WHA) set the date and a global target to reduce premature deaths from non-infectious disease – including cardiovascular disease – by 25 percent by 2025. Without addressing this disease head on, we cannot meet the World Health Assembly’s global target to reduce premature non-communicable mortality by 25 percent by 2025.
Being in a hospital can increase your risk of developing VTE. Up to 60 percent of all VTEs are hospital-associated and more than 10 million cases occur every year – many of them preventable. VTE is the leading cause of preventable hospital death, ahead of infection and pneumonia.
The most important thing you can do to protect yourself from a life-threatening blood clot is to learn if you are at risk. Know the signs and symptons and contact your health care professional immediately if needed.