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Surgeon General's Workshop on Deep Vein Thrombosis
Surgeon General's DVT Workshop
May 8-9, 2006
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- 1 in 20 Americans have a genetic thrombophilia.
- Each year, 909,793 cases of venous thromboembolism Â—clots in veinsÂ— are estimated to occur in the United States.
- Of these, 378,623 are deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which occur in the leg's deep veins.
- 531,170 are pulmonary embolism, a serious and often fatal complication of deep vein thrombosis.
- As many as 296,370 Americans die each year from venous thromboembolism.
a nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to preventing thrombosis, and ensuring that all persons suffering from thrombosis and/or thrombophilia receive early diagnosis, optimal treatment and quality support.
NATT will achieve this:
through research, education, support and advocacy on behalf of those at risk of, or affected by, thrombosis and thrombophilia.
Insufficient awareness of risk factors for blood clots among health-care providers and the public
Insufficient use of known preventive measures and prophylaxis
Insufficient screening for risk factors and lack of consistent screening guidelines
Insufficient knowledge about the availability of treatment options and lack of standard of care
Insufficient number of thrombosis specialists and specialized treatment centers
Insufficient availability of care in many geographic areas