Taking a stand against DVT 

04/05/2017 00:00 
As part of National Thrombosis Week, UCLH’s anticoagulation team held an event to raise awareness and improve understanding of venous thromboembolism.

VTE, the umbrella term for deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism (a blood clot that has travelled to the lungs), affects approximately one in 1,000 people in the UK each year.

Around half of all cases are associated with hospitalisation and many thousands of patients die in England each year as a result of hospital-acquired VTE – but the condition can be prevented in most cases.

Professor Marcel Levi, UCLH’s Chief Executive, visited the anticoagulation team yesterday, as they provided information and advice to staff, patients and public.

Dr Hannah Cohen, consultant haematologist, said: “VTE is a significant cause of death, long-term disability and chronic ill-health.

“Anyone can develop it but the periods of immobilisation which can be associated with hospital stays increase the risk.

“It is important that patients are fully informed about VTE and of any measures that can be taken to reduce their risk of developing it.”

You can find patient information on VTE prevention here

And find out more about VTE on the Thrombosis UK website 


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