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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 11-16

Venous thromboembolism: A problem in the Indian/Asian population?


1 Department of General Surgery Unit II and Vascular Surgery, Christian Medical College, Vellore-632 004, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Vascular Surgery, Adelaide University, Adelaide, Australia

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Sunil Agarwal
Department of General Surgery Unit II and Vascular Surgery, Christian Medical College, Vellore-632 004, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-1591.45531

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Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a common and potentially life threatening condition. It continues to be under diagnosed and undertreated. Awareness among Indians regarding this potentially life-threatening disease is low. Contrary to earlier belief, the incidence of VTE in Asia and India is comparable to that in Western countries. The risk of VTE is especially high in hospitalized patients, in a majority of whom it is clinically silent. It is one of the commonest causes of unplanned readmission and preventable death. In the United States, it is responsible for more deaths than accidents. Thromboprophylaxis is highly effective in reducing the incidence of VTE without any increase in clinically significant bleeding. It is worth emphasizing that prevention of VTE is much easier and cheaper than its treatment.


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