New strategies for treating Venous Thromboembolism
Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a very common but silent condition in which a blood clot forms in the vein. It manifests itself either as Deep Vein Thrombisis (DVT), which occurs when the clot forms in the deep vein of the leg, groin or arm; or Pulmonary Embolism (PE), when the clot travels in the circulation and advances to the lungs. VTE is a dangerous medical condition and one of the leading causes of death and disability worldwide.
Detailed estimates of VTE events are hard to obtain because they are very difficult to diagnose and often clinically silent. However, VTE is preventable and evidence-based prevention strategies can help stop the development of clots in 'at-risk' individuals.
Boston Scientific seeks to make minimally-invasive, interventional treatments the new standard of care for treating intermediate-high-risk Pulmonary Embolism and DVT.
Pulmonary Embolism and its symptoms
Pulmonary embolism (PE) usually originates as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) – clot formation in the deep veins of the leg, groin or arm. PE occurs when the clot travels in the circulation and lodges in the lungs. 50% of patients who have proximal DVT (clot in the popliteal, femoral, or iliac veins) are at risk of PE2, and 79% of patients presenting with PE have evidence of DVT.3,4
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1. Beers, M.H., et al., The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy. 18th edition. Whitehouse Station, NJ: Merck Research Laboratories, 2006: 412-22, 427, 2081-2
2. Jha AK, et al. The global burden of unsafe medical care: analytic modeling of observational studies. BMJ Qual Saf 2013; 22;809-15
3. Sandler, D.A., et al., “Autopsy proven pulmonary embolism in hospital patients: are we detecting enough deep vein thrombosis?” J R Soc Med, 1989; 82: 203-5.
4. Huisman, M.V., et al., “Unexpected high prevalence of silent pulmonary embolism in patients with deep venous thrombosis.” Chest, 1989; 95(3): 498-502.
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