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Blood clots are preventable; Views of Wales.

SIR - This week sees the launch of "Ask about Clots" - a 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 that they may develop while they are in hospital.

Research shows that 62% of people in Wales believe they are more likely to develop a thrombosis on an aeroplane than in hospital. In fact, two-thirds of blood clots occur in hospital or within 90 days after discharge.

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

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

If you would like details, please visit www.askaboutclots.co.uk Dr Simon Noble Medical Director for Lifeblood (The Thrombosis Charity) in Wales
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Apr 4, 2014
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