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World Thrombosis Day 2017 clears up
The risk of thrombosis is underestimated by many people. Not all sufferers know that thrombosis can lead to fatal pulmonary embolism. Experts from the German Society for Angiology (DGA) will be providing information on current trends in the diagnosis and therapy of thromboses and pulmonary embolism at the World Thrombosis Day on October 13, 2017 under the patronage of Federal Minister Hermann Gröhe.
Thromboses are often not recognized or underestimated by doctors and patients, warns Prof. Dr. Rupert Bauersachs, scientific director of the Thrombosis Alliance. Because every year around 100,000 people in Germany die from the consequences of pulmonary embolism. Quite a few of these cases could have been prevented if those affected had been better informed about the dangerous vascular occlusions.
How do I recognize thrombosis?
Some medical professionals describe thrombosis as a "silent danger" because the symptoms and risk factors are hardly noticed, ignored or treated, or not at all. Classic warning signals are swelling and feelings of tension all over the leg or parts of the leg, such as the ankle or lower leg. A bluish discoloration of the leg skin can also be a symptom of thrombosis. Furthermore, pain in the calf when it occurs or unusual heat development in the affected leg may indicate a vascular occlusion. Special care should be taken if there is difficulty breathing. This may indicate pulmonary embolism.
Which people are at increased risk?
Not only older people have an increased risk of thrombosis. Longer lying or sitting, for example in the hospital or on a long-haul flight, also increases the probability. People with heart failure, cancer and people who have recently had surgery have additional risks. Other factors include changes in the hormonal balance, such as due to pregnancy or taking hormone preparations, diseases with inflammation and fever, and chronic respiratory diseases. (fp)