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Asking the experts could save your life; FEEDBACK.

THIS week sees the launch of "Ask about Clots" - a new campaign to prevent patients dying from blood clots while in hospital.

It has been estimated that 1,250 people are risk of death every year in Wales from blood clots they may develop while they are in hospital.

New research reveals 62% of people in Wales believe they are more likely to develop a thrombosis on an aeroplane than in hospital. In reality, two thirds of blood clots occur in hospital or 90 days following discharge.

The good news is that blood clots - also known as a deep vein thrombosis - are preventable.

Ask about Clots is encouraging individuals to ask their doctor, nurse or healthcare professional about their risk of developing a clot - so that they can be assessed and given appropriate treatment.

For more details visit www. Dr Simon Noble Medical Director for Lifeblood (The Thrombosis Charity) in Wales
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Apr 5, 2014
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