In the first international awareness study on thrombosis, World Thrombosis Day finds that public understanding of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) is much lower than that of other health conditions, including heart attack, stroke, hypertension, breast cancer, prostate cancer and AIDS.
The results, published on July 14, 2015 in the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, revealed lower awareness among men and younger adults (18-39). Less than half of participants knew that blood clots were preventable and just one in four correctly associated hospitalization as a risk factor for thrombosis.
Study findings emphasize the need for increased attention on thrombosis and education around the signs, symptoms and risk factors of potentially deadly blood clots.
To read more about the study findings visit http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jth.13031/full.