1. One in four people worldwide are dying from causes related to thrombosis. VTE (blood clots in the leg and lungs) assumes a large share of this disease burden.
2. Being in the hospital is a leading risk factor for developing VTE.
3. VTE is the most common cause of preventable hospital death – ahead of infection and pneumonia.
4. Anyone going into the hospital should Think VTE – make VTE risk assessment a priority for themselves and the hospital staff.
5. Being checked for your risk of VTE while at the hospital is your right. Insist on it. For some countries/cultures: You deserve to be checked for your risk of VTE at the hospital. Be persistent in asking to be assessed.
6. As part of that risk assessment, make sure the hospital staff also checks your pulse to assess if you have atrial fibrillation (AFib), a type of arrhythmia or irregular heartbeat.
7. This World Thrombosis Day, take the pledge to Think VTE for yourself and your loved ones. Learn more about VTE risk factors, sign and symptoms and questions to ask your doctor. Act now – go to WorldThrombosisDay.org.
2015 “Elevator” Speech
One in four people worldwide are dying from causes related to thrombosis, a blood clot.
VTE (blood clots in the leg and lungs) is a leading cause of death and disability worldwide and a major contributor to the global burden of thrombosis.
Being in the hospital is a leading risk factor for developing a blood clot; up to 60 percent of all VTE cases are hospital associated.
Blood clots can be prevented. Exercise your right as a patient and insist on a VTE risk assessment. (As a part of that assessment, ask for a pulse check to determine an irregular heartbeat, a sign of atrial fibrillation)
For World Thrombosis Day (13 October), Think VTE and share information and resources about VTE with your friends and family. Go to WorldThrombosisDay.org.