Thrombosis 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). 60,000 Irish people are currently taking anti-coagulation drugs and statistics indicate a conservative estimate of 1,900 VTE, potentially preventable deaths in Ireland each year. Blood clots can be very serious but there are preventative measures that can be taken and effective treatments to deal with them if diagnosed quickly.
Blood clots do not discriminate between men & women, young or old. They can strike anyone at any age. Here are some shocking facts about thrombosis:
Blood clots rarely happen for one reason, therefore, in order to ascertain who is at risk and which Patient needs preventative measures, Health Care Professionals must do a VTE risk assessment on all patients who attend our hospital’s. Nothing less is acceptable. A simple questionnaire could be the difference between life and death. If you are going in to hospital, ask for a VTE Risk Assessment.
You or your doctor cannot know the level of your risk if you are not risk assessed.
A Patient may be at higher risk of getting a blood clot if:
A Patient’s risk may increase further if:
Signs and Symptoms of a blood clot:
If you have one or more of these symptoms, you may have a clot and need urgent treatment.
It is crucial that everyone knows: