Warning signs of a blood clot. THCN T BEIGNORED

Awareness is critical, yet less than 50 percent of Canadians know about thrombosis (or blood clots), the three main killers of cardiovascular disease: heart attack, stroke and venous thromboembolism (VTE). Even more disturbing is the fact that only one in five Canadians is concerned about the health effects of blood clots.

This lack of awareness is what drives Thrombosis Canada’s C-L-O-T-S awareness campaign, which helps people recognize whether they have a blood clot in the lungs (pulmonary embolism, or PE) or in the legs (deep vein thrombosis, or DVT).

The C-L-O-T-S Campaign is based on an acronym for the most common and easy-to-understand warning signs of blood clots.

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“As medical professionals, we saw the need to provide tools to increase public awareness of venous thrombosis,” said Dr. Deborah Segal, assistant professor of hematology and thrombolysis at McMaster University in Hamilton.

Venous thromboembolism, or venous blood clots, is a major public health problem, affecting 100,000 Canadians and causing 10,000 deaths each year. Each year, VTE causes more deaths in Canada than breast cancer, HIV, or motor vehicle accidents.

“By highlighting key warning signs as part of the C-L-O-T-S campaign, we hope Canadians will recognize these symptoms themselves and seek immediate medical attention,” said Dr. Segal. “If you start experiencing any of the warning signs, especially if there are multiple symptoms, don’t ignore them. The sooner you get help, the faster you can get treatment,” he said.

KNOWTHROMBOSIS is a campaign to celebrate World Thrombosis Month (October) and educate people about risk factors and warning signs of blood clots. For more information, visit thrombosiscanada.ca or ThrombosisCan.
Thrombosis Canada acknowledges Bayer Canada, Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada/Pfizer Canada Alliance, Pfizer Canada, LEO Pharma Inc. and Sanofi Canada for its generous support of awareness and education initiatives during World Thrombosis Month.

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