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'Staggering' new figures reveal DVT risk to young people

Published on 28/05/2010
New statistics have revealed that deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is more likely to affect young adults than many believe.

According to figures obtained by DVT charity Lifeblood, the condition, which is typically associated with older adults, has caused the deaths of 1,075 people under the age of 40 in the past three years.

Furthermore, 60 of these were in teenagers or children.

Lifeblood is now calling for measures to be taken to improve the training of nurses and doctors on how to spot a case of DVT.

Professor Beverley Hunt, Director of Lifeblood and a leading haematologist, said: "The statistics are staggering. The UK's medical community needs to urgently explore why healthy young people are dying in their thousands from this completely preventable illness.

"Much more needs to be done to make sure that front-line medics properly recognise symptoms of deep vein thrombosis."

DVT occurs when a blood cot develops in one of the larger veins of the body, typically in the leg.

It is often associated with long-haul flights as extended periods of sitting down and being inactive can trigger the condition.

Recent research suggests that office workers are also at risk due to the amount of time spent sitting at their desks.
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