This October 13th marks the 10th anniversary of World Thrombosis Day, a public awareness campaign founded for the sole purpose of reducing death and disability caused by this insidious, but largely preventable condition.
What is VTE
Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) is a significant medical condition characterized by the formation of blood clots (thrombi) within veins.
Each year, it is estimated that as many as 900,000 people in the U.S. are affected by debilitating blood clots and up to 100,000 VTE-related deaths are reported. VTE can occur for various reasons, including prolonged immobility, surgery, certain medical conditions, and genetic predispositions. It is essential to recognize and treat VTE promptly to prevent further complications and potential harm.
For decades, VTE treatment was limited to blood thinners (anticoagulants) and “clot buster” medicines (thrombolytic therapy). A major drawback to these medicines is that it can take days, weeks, or months to manage clots. Furthermore, these treatments can come with a host of potential complications, including the risk of needing additional invasive surgery or bleeding problems. And while they remain the standard of care today, more and more physicians use minimally invasive products developed in the last five to eight years to treat VTE-related conditions.
Join the #ClotChat Conversation!
Penumbra has been at the forefront of addressing blood clots for nearly 20 years. Learn more about our computer assisted vacuum technology (CAVT) and our commitment to advancing VTE patient care during WTD’s #ClotChat Town Hall this Friday, October 13, on X, formerly known as Twitter.
Participating in the conversation will be Drs. Rachel Rosovsky, MD, MPH, Massachusetts General Hospital; Venkat Tummala, MD, Penumbra’s Associate Chief Medical Officer; and Robert Lookstein, MD, Mount Sinai Hospital.
This online event, of which Penumbra is the official supporter, promises insightful conversation and opportunities to share experiences, best practices, and inspiring collaborations that have made a difference.
Don’t miss the opportunity to raise awareness about VTE care by participating in this engaging #ClotChat!
- When: October 13 at 9 a.m. (US-PT) / 12 p.m. (US-ET) / 6 p.m. (CEST)
- Where: X, formerly known as Twitter
- Why: WTD organizers encourage participants to share successes over the last decade around building awareness, i.e. papers published, events held, activities, resources, news items, etc.
- How: Follow the chat and participate using the official hashtag: #ClotChat. For a #ClotChat tutorial, please click #ClotChat 101.