One in two patients face threat of high DVT risk: Expert

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Bangalore, Mar 10 (UNI) The incidence of death due to deep vein thrombosis (DVT) caused by formation of blood clot in the veins, a common problem faced by in-patients getting treated for cancer, infectious diseases or post major surgery, was at 15.9 per cent in the country.

DVT usually sources in the leg and pulmonary embolism needs to create aggressive awareness among both public and medical professionals in India, Kalkunte R Suresh, Director and Senior Consultant Vascular Surgeon (JIVAS) said here today.

Speaking to newspersons he said the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) Chandigarh had conducted a study on DVT and found that the incidence death in India was about 159 per 1000.

Saying that DVT was a common problem in hopitalised patients and accounts for 5 to 10 per cent of deaths in hospitalised patients, he said this could be prevented by using routine preventive measures in patients at risk.

Risk factors includes, restricted mobility especially post operations, cancer, major surgery such as knee or hop replacement, advanced age, oral contraceptives or hormone therapy.

Stating that awareness about DVT among medical professionals and practitioners was very low in India, he said it was very low among the general public.

"Globally there are various standardised risk assessment form through which patients who are at a risk of DVT can be identified and appropriate prophylaxis can be given," he said.

Dr Suresh also informed that even though the risk was high in India, approximately 19 per cent of Patients in India do not receive any therapy that could prevent DVT.

India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Thailand were among the countries with the lowest rates of preventive therapy against a potentially life-threatening condition.

"The low rate of receiving DVT therapy in India is due to lack of awareness among the general public and as well as medical professionals," he added.


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