Officially recognized on October 13th, World Thrombosis Day seeks to draw the attention of the general public to the often ignored and misunderstood disease of Thrombosis and Venous Thromboembolism (VTE).
WTD was specifically chosen to land on October 13 as a way to pay homage to Rudolf Virchow, an early pioneer of pathophysiology of thrombosis who lead to major advancements in our understanding of the disease.
Thrombosis is defined as the formation of a potentially fatal blood clot in either an artery or vein. As these clots develop, blood flow can be slowed and in some cases blocked entirely which can result in serious complications including heart attack or stroke.
By building awareness about thrombosis and venous thromboembolism, World Thrombosis Day participants look to both educate and inform the public about the disease, as well as convey preventative measures that can be taken to reduce your risk of potentially deadly blood clots.
With over 300 organizations worldwide participating in WTD, the disease has garnered increased visibility and media coverage as a result of the educational forums and special events put on by WTD participants.
The World Thrombosis Campaign utilizes education and outreach to highlight the risk factors for VTE, signs and symptoms that could indicate a deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism, and also the importance of VTE assessment upon hospital admittance.
Venous Thromboembolism is the leading preventable cause of deaths in hospitals, even more common that infections and pneumonia. WTD’s primary goal is to lower the total number of thrombosis related deaths by 25% in the next ten years. A possibility that is only strengthened as more and more people become educated about the risk factors and warning signs of thrombosis.
By proactively discussing VTE with both hospital staff and patients, the chances for VTE and potentially dangerous blood clots are drastically lowered during a hospital stay and in the days following.
For more information regarding World Thrombosis Day, Venous Thromboembolism, Thrombosis and how you can help spread awareness of the disease, visit www.worldthrombosisday.com.
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