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Apollo launches awareness campaign about Vein Thrombosis - Sathish - 03-18-2009

Chennai (PTI): Apollo Hospitals here has launched a programme to create awareness about the implications of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), a condition where a blood clot forms in the vein.

"DVT occurs usually in legs without any visible symptoms and is difficult to detect and is not always recognised as having been the cause of death," senior consultant vascular surgeon Dr V Balaji told reporters.

He said the condition can be fatal when a clot travels from the blood vessels (veins) in legs to lungs or to the brain.

Dr. Balaji said a study, done on 60,000 patients in more than 32 countries, has revealed that almost one of every two hospitalised patients in medical and surgical wards worldwide and in India was at risk of developing DVT.

"The study also revealed that though the risk of DVT is very high, only 17 per cent of these patients in India, received any prophylaxis to prevent it", he added.