World Thrombosis Day

2017-10-18 06:00

THROMBOSIS, or blood clots as it is more commonly known, is one of the main causes of stroke and heart attack, which are leading causes of cardiovascular deaths globally.

This year World Thrombosis Day was commemorated on October 13.

Netcare hospitals issued a statement to educate the public on the causes, symptoms and possible ways of preventing thrombosis which is a serious condition that can result in stroke, heart attack as well as venous thromboembolism or VTE, a condition that includes both deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE).

These can all result in permanent disability and can also be fatal.

When DVT is left untreated and progresses, it can cause parts of the blood clot to break away and enter the lungs, which in turn causes a potentially lethal pulmonary embolism.

“It is tragic that close to a million people die worldwide as a result of VTE each year, especially as it can often be prevented by doing a few basic exercises, making some small adjustments to your lifestyle or adding prophylactic non-pharmacological or pharmacological measures to the prevention regime,” says Dr Anchen Laubscher, Netcare’s medical director.

For this very reason Netcare has partnered with the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis in the United States to promote #keeplifemoving as the theme of this year’s Thrombosis Day activities. - Martina Nicholson Associates, on behalf of Netcare.

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