Venous thromboembolism : impact of blood clots on the United States
Published Date:August 17, 2015
Corporate Authors:National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (U.S.). Division of Blood Disorders. ; ;
Description:Know the Lingo About Blood Clots
• Deep vein thrombosis (DVT): Blood clot located in a deep vein, usually in a leg or arm.
• Pulmonary embolism (PE): Blood clot that has traveled from a deep vein to a lung.
DVT and PE are also known as VTE (venous thromboembolism).
Blood Clots Affect Many People
• VTE affects as many as 900,000 Americans each year.
• 3 in 10 people who have a blood clot will have another episode within 10 years.
Blood Clots Can Be Deadly
• As many as 100,000 people die of blood clots each year.
• PE is a leading cause of death in a woman during pregnancy or just after having a baby.
• Sudden death - 1 of 4 people who have a PE die without warning.
• Blood clots are a leading cause of death in people with cancer after the cancer itself.
Blood Clots Are Costly
• Blood clots cost our nation up to $10 billion each year.
• Treatment can be as much as $15,000 to $20,000 per person and often results in readmission to the hospital.
Things to Know
• Blood clots can happen to anyone.
• They are often preventable.
• Early diagnosis is critical to prevent death.
• Take action now to prevent blood clots.
• Talk with your doctor about the risks for blood clots and learn how they can be prevented.
For more information, please visit: cdc.gov/ncbddd/dvt/index.html
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