Venous thromboembolism : impact of blood clots on the United States
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      VTE : impact of blood clots on the United States
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      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.

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