Today we join with a host of other organizations in recognition of World Thrombosis Day to focus on thrombosis, an often overlooked disease.
Thrombosis is a term used to describe the formation of a blood clot in a blood vessel. Thrombosis can lead to atrial fibrillation, stroke, or venous thromboembolism (VTE), affecting millions of Americans each year and incurring billions of dollars in costs. (Note: For stats on thrombosis, see our Silver Book® website.)
There are two things we want to share about World Thrombosis Day.
First, we are joining with more than 300 organizations around the world calling on governments and health systems to institute policies requiring VTE risk assessment for all patients admitted to hospitals. This will help lead to better safety for patients and prevention of VTE.
Second, we want you to know about the dangers of thrombosis and conditions like VTE. We offer a page with resources to help you quickly learn about VTE and how it can affect you and your loved ones.
One of these resources is a short pocket film video. You can watch it below.