World Thrombosis Day is October 13
Public health experts have organized an inaugural World Thrombosis Day for October 13, with an initial focus on venous thromboembolism (VTE), described as among the most serious and common thromboembolic conditions. In the U.S., an estimated 100,000 to 300,000 individuals die each year from VTE and VTE is associated with more than a half a million hospitalizations. Led by the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis, organizers describe a long term goal of reducing cardiovascular mortality by 25% by 2025. Organizers are targeting their efforts at the general public, previously diagnosed patients and their families and healthcare professionals. To reduce cardiovascular mortality, organizers want to reduce undiagnosed and misdiagnosed cases, increase evidence-based prevention, encourage system-wide best practices, and to advocate for more research funding. Outreach materials include infographics, tool kits, fact sheets and social media news feeds. For more information, go to www.worldthrombosisday.org.