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Newly Published International Guidelines for VTE

An updated version of the “International Consensus Statement on Prevention and Treatment of Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)” was presented at the 22nd Congress of the International Union of Angiology (IUA), June 24-28, 2006, in Lisbon, Portugal. The document, which is created and kept current by a panel of international experts, helps to guide medical professionals worldwide with VTE-associated treatment issues.   

VTE has two forms: deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary thromboembolism (PE), an associated and sometimes fatal complication. DVT occurs when a clot forms deep in veins, usually in the lower extremities (legs, thighs or hip area), often causing pain and swelling. When one of these clots partially or completely breaks free, it can travel through the bloodstream and lodge in the lungs, causing an embolism. This is a serious complication that can result in permanent damage to the lungs and, in some cases, death.

Highlights of the 2006 IUA statement include an emphasis on preventing thrombosis in hospitalized patients, recommendations for routine assessment of VTE risk in acutely ill patients, appropriate use of pharmacological and mechanical DVT prophylaxis and VTE risk in cancer patients.   

“These evidence-based guidelines provide updated recommendations on appropriate therapies and medical strategies to use with the different categories of patients at risk for VTE," said Andrew Nicolaides, Emeritus Professor, Imperial College, London, and Chairman of the Editorial Committee of the Guidelines.

Approximately 600,000 Americans experience a nonfatal VTE each year; two-thirds of them result from prolonged in-hospital immobilization, one of several common causes of VTE. Nearly 300,000 Americans die annually from pulmonary thromboembolism.

The IUA, founded in 1950, is a Paris-based society for vascular medicine, vascular surgery and endovascular interventions. The union has experts representing over 71 countries. The IUA’s mission is to stimulate scientific knowledge at an international level in all aspects of angiology, by encouraging both basic research and clinical studies.

The new guidelines were published in the June 2006 issue of International Angiology, the IUA’s journal.

Source: AsiaPulse News, June 27, 2006


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