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World Thrombosis Day is a global awareness campaign of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) held annually on October 13 to focus attention on the often overlooked and misunderstood condition of thrombosis. Thrombosis refers to the formation of blood clots in veins or arteries, which can lead to serious health issues, including deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism (PE), stroke, and heart attack.
1 in 0
people worldwide die from conditions caused by thrombosis.
of venous clots occur during or after hospitalization, making hospital-associated clots a leading cause of preventable hospital death.
An estimated 10M cases of hospital associated clots occur annually across all countries in the world – low, middle and high-income.
Patients and Caregivers
Feeling Empowered as a Patient is Life-Changing
As a patient, personal empowerment, or learning as much as you can about your health problem is important because it puts you at the heart of healthcare which maximizes your benefits. This provides you with information to understand your immediate treatment and long-term care plan, helps provide a more positive healthcare experience for you and controls your healthcare costs. This platform is designed with the patient in mind providing you with the tools and the opportunity to take control of your health journey.
Khelse de Prado is a healthy young woman with no history of smoking, detectable genetic mutations or family history of blood clots. However, she is also a six-time thrombosis survivor.
Khelse de Prado
Internationally acclaimed comedian Mike Albanese was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AFib) after multiple trips to the emergency room. His story is no joke.
A survivor of multiple blood clots, Arielle Dance utilizes a holistic approach with meditation and mindfulness to help her heal.
Melanie Przybyla remembers the day she passed out in front of her house and almost died from a blood clot. Thankfully, her mom arrived quickly and called an ambulance.
As the head of a hematology and oncology unit, Dr. Suely Rezende has studied and treated blood clots for years. She has heard countless stories from patients who suffered from venous thromboembolism (VTE), but nothing quite prepared her for the moment she experienced her own heart racing and began struggling to breathe.
Suely Rezende, M.D., Ph.D.
For Tracy, thrombosis is a family affair. Tracy, her mother, brother, and her two sons all suffer from the same genetic condition — protein S deficiency — making them more likely to suffer blood clots.
Tracy M. and her sons
Robyne was born ten weeks early and weighed slightly over two pounds. She has always considered herself lucky to be alive.
For the past 10 years, Clare has suffered repeated clotting episodes. She shares her story with the campaign.
VTE Risk Assessment
The campaign offers a timely opportunity to discuss, update or establish an organization’s VTE policy. While there is no universal policy on VTE prevention, several models do exist. Learn more.
ISTH Academy Thrombosis Resources
The ISTH Academy offers the latest resources and information on thrombosis and other bleeding conditions. These resources include abstracts, journal articles, recorded webinars, webcasts and more.
Share Resources With Your Patients
Review campaign resources and provide them to recently diagnosed patients who are seeking guidance and support.
Healthcare professionals worldwide should be acutely aware of the risk of blood clots in clinical settings. Blood clots, particularly deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE), together venous thromboembolism (VTE), pose a significant health threat to patients. These potentially life-threatening conditions can manifest silently and without warning, making vigilance and knowledge crucial. Healthcare providers should recognize the risk factors, which include prolonged immobility, surgery, trauma, cancer, and certain medications, among others. Timely risk assessment, prophylaxis, and early detection are essential components of preventing thrombotic events. Moreover, understanding regional and patient-specific factors that may influence clotting risk is paramount, as individual susceptibility can vary. By staying informed about the latest research, guidelines, and preventive strategies, healthcare professionals can play a pivotal role in reducing the global burden of thrombosis-related morbidity and mortality.
World Thrombosis Day, a global campaign of the ISTH, provides healthcare professionals with up-to-date scientific research, news and clinical recommendations.
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Take bold action with World Thrombosis Day! Discover a wealth of engaging opportunities to make a profound difference. Your involvement can be a life-saving force. Explore the options and become a catalyst for change today.
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