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National Thrombosis Week 2024

By Ellie Nixon | 8th May 2024

National Thrombosis Week is an important event aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of blood clots and the importance of prevention and treatment.

The campaign this year is taking place from 6th to the 12th May 2024 and it is organised by Thrombosis UK 


What is Thrombosis?

Thrombosis is a medical condition that occurs when a blood clot forms in a vein or artery, obstructing the flow of blood to the vital organs.

It can happen anywhere in the body but is most commonly found in the legs, arms, or lungs. If left untreated, thrombosis can cause serious health complications, such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism (PE), and stroke.


What is National Thrombosis Week?

National Thrombosis Week is a global initiative aimed at raising awareness about thrombosis and its related conditions. 

The campaign is organized by the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) and aims to educate the public about the dangers of thrombosis, promote prevention measures, and provide support to those who have been affected by the condition.


Prevention of Thrombosis

Preventing thrombosis is essential for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. There are several ways to prevent the formation of blood clots, including:

Stay active: Regular exercise is essential for maintaining good blood flow and preventing the formation of blood clots. It is recommended that adults engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise per week.

  • Quit smoking: Smoking is a significant risk factor for thrombosis, as it damages the lining of the blood vessels and increases the risk of blood clots.
  • Maintain a healthy weight: Being overweight or obese can increase the risk of developing thrombosis, so maintaining a healthy weight is essential.
  • Stay hydrated: Drinking plenty of water is essential for maintaining good blood flow and preventing dehydration, which can increase the risk of blood clots.

Wear compression stockings: Compression stockings are tight-fitting socks that can help prevent blood clots from forming in the legs.


Treatment of Thrombosis

If you have been diagnosed with thrombosis, your doctor may recommend treatment options, such as:

  • Anticoagulants: Anticoagulants are medications that help prevent blood clots from forming or growing larger.
  • Thrombolytic therapy: This treatment involves using medication to dissolve blood clots that have already formed.
  • Surgery: In some cases, surgery may be necessary to remove a blood clot that is causing health complications.

By maintaining a healthy lifestyle, staying active, and seeking medical attention if you experience symptoms, you can reduce your risk of developing this potentially life-threatening condition.

For more information about the campaign, click here