Venous Thromboembolism

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Venous Thromboembolism

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Blood Clots Are More Common (And Deadly) Than You May Think


We know from the World Health Organisation that thrombosis (a blood clot in a blood vessel) are very common and conditions related to them cause one in four deaths worldwide. While you might know all about blood clots in coronary arteries (heart attack) and blood clots in brain arteries (stroke), much less recognised are blood clots in veins (deep vein thromboses), which can break off and travel through the body to block the blood supply to part, or all of the lungs (pulmonary embolism). These two together-- deep vein thromboses and pulmonary emboli--are known as venous thromboembolism (VTE) or blood clots for short. This is a potentially deadly medical condition that claims about 544,000…

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