Global campaign aims to raise awareness of increased risk of Covid-19 blood clots
Good blood circulation is vital for the overall health of a person because it ensures that blood and oxygen are constantly flowing throughout the body. However, clots form in the blood vessels, obstructing blood flow. This can cause blockages affecting the heart, lungs and other organs.
World Thrombosis Day is celebrated on October 13 each year to raise awareness of the issue and the importance of getting a thrombosis risk assessment. On this day, more than 3,000 partner organizations and individuals from over 120 countries join forces to raise awareness about the treatment and prevention of blood clots.
Thrombosis can trigger a variety of life-threatening medical conditions, including heart attack, thromboembolic stroke, and venous thromboembolism (VTE). VTE occurs when one or more blood clots form in a deep vein, most often in the leg (deep vein thrombosis, DVT), and can travel through the bloodstream and lodge in the lungs, a condition known as name of pulmonary embolism (PE).
“Despite the fact that one in four people worldwide die from diseases caused by blood clots, this is not widely known and constitutes an urgent public health problem,” said Professor Beverley Hunt, OBE, chair of the World Thrombosis Day Steering Committee. in a statement released today.
This year, the issue has drawn more attention as research has shown an increased risk of blood clots in hospitalized patients with severe Covid-19. Additionally, blood clots have been found as a rare but serious side effect of some Covid-19 vaccines.
“In a turbulent year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have unfortunately seen an increase in the rate of hospital clots due to sick patients with Covid-19,” noted Professor Hunt. “The risk of clots in Covid-19, as well as other causes of hospital clots, can be reduced if thromboprophylaxis is used (anticoagulants). “
Dr Roopen Arya, India spokesperson, World Thrombosis Day, said: “Thrombosis continues to be one of the most dangerous and often overlooked medical conditions. In India, over the past two years, due to the pandemic, we have noticed a huge increase in thrombosis as it is one of the most common complications of Covid-19. It is important that we are aware of the risk especially in patients hospitalized with Covid-19 and that we make sure that they receive anticoagulant injections to prevent clots. It is also important to stick to evidence-based practices and to avoid unnecessary treatments and blood clotting tests in mildly affected people in the community.