FACTS AND FIGURES

Every year, there are approximately 10 million cases of VTE worldwide1

In the U.S., there are 100,000 - 300,000 VTE-related deaths every year2

In Europe, there are 544,000 VTE-related deaths every year3

In the U.S. and Europe, VTE-related events kill more people than AIDS, breast cancer, prostate cancer and motor vehicle crashes combined.4

Up to 60 percent of VTE cases occur during or after hospitalization, making it a leading preventable cause of hospital death.1

Thrombosis refers to abnormal, life-threatening blood clots that form in the artery or vein. A clot in the vein (usually in the leg or pelvis) is known as a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and a clot that breaks off and travels to the lungs is known as a pulmonary embolism (PE). Together, DVT and PE make up venous thromboembolism (VTE).

WARNING SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

VTE can occur without any warning signs or symptoms and can go unrecognized and undiagnosed by a healthcare professional. Symptoms that do appear may be associated with either DVT or PE.

 

DEEP VEIN THROMBOSIS (DVT)

 

Pain or tenderness, often starting in the calf

Swelling, including the ankle or foot

Redness or noticeable discoloration

Warmth

 

 

PULMONARY EMBOLISM (PE)

 

Unexplained shortness of breath

Rapid breathing

Chest pain (may be worse upon deep breath)

Rapid heart rate

Light headedness or passing out

To Schedule An Appointment

Call 713.500.8360​

Gulf States Hemophilia and Thrombophilia Center

6655 Travis St. Houston, TX 77030

 

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