n South African Medical Journal - Thrombosis - prevention is better than cure : editorial

Volume 103, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Thrombosis is the biggest killer internationally. Lack of appropriate education means that this fact is little known, and it is also eclipsed in the public eye by the much wider awareness of malignant tumours. While cancer is indeed a justly feared killer, the true prevalence of thrombosis and the devastation that it causes deserve to be far better recognised. heart attacks and strokes are responsible for most deaths worldwide. Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is the most important preventable cause of deaths in hospital. There is strong evidence that prophylaxis remains underprescribed.

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