Help your patients, turn the page on thrombosis


One of the most common complications resulting from a DVT is a pulmonary embolism (PE).9

Approximately a third to one half of patients with DVT will have long-term complications (called post-thrombotic syndrome [PTS]).3

One third of people who’ve had a DVT or PE will have another event within the next 10 years.3

A pulmonary embolism can be fatal, with 1 in 4 patients with a PE dying without having experienced any prior symptoms.3

Common risk factors for DVT include:9-11

  • Age over 60 years
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Heart failure
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Dehydration
  • Certain medicines*
  • Blood clotting disorders
  • Immobilisation
  • Patients with venous catheters
  • Trauma to the limb(s) or general trauma
  • A kidney disease called nephrotic syndrome
  • Previous DVT
  • Surgery in the previous 3 months

…or a DVT can happen for no reason at all!11

*Anti-oestrogen medicines used to treat breast cancer (e.g. tamoxifen) or oral contraceptives/oestrogen therapy.9

Confined to a bed, or taking a long journey.11


Getting the full picture of deep vein thrombosis (DVT)

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