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Critical Recommendations Unveiled to Respond to National Public Health Crisis: Deep-Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism
Date:3/11/2010

common disorder, DVT is highly preventable. That’s why spreading the word about who’s at risk and the steps one can take to prevent these dangerous clots is so important.”

The recommendations, developed by a group of experts convened by the American Society of Hematology (ASH), are:

    

 
  • There is a need to strengthen surveillance of DVT and PE in the United States to provide a geographically representative measure of the annual incidences of DVT and PE, with appropriate representation of all minority groups in proportions approximating the U.S. population.
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  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) should establish a group of experts to advise on the scientific approaches for strengthened surveillance of DVT and PE, including the appropriate use of prospective population-based studies, and the role for national or regional databases.
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  • Increased public awareness of the risk factors for DVT and PE is critical to increasing the application of preventive measures. The CDC should undertake, in cooperation with relevant partners, a national campaign to increase public awareness of DVT and PE.

“Currently, there isn’t a national system for monitoring changes in the incidence of DVT and PE,” said Hani K. Atrash, MD, MPH, Director of the CDC’s Division of Blood Disorders. “It’s time to put in place an ongoing method of documenting the prevalence of these disorders and their consequences, identifying individuals affected by them, and determining which medical and public health strategi
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