AVF Pledges Support of World Thrombosis Day - Join Us in Spreading Awareness of VTE

The American Venous Forum (AVF) has pledged support of World Thrombosis Day, in partnership with more than 100 thrombosis and cardiovascular societies and spearheaded by the International Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH).  The central goal of this initiative is bringing together thrombosis-related organizations from every continent to foster public and professional educational activities to heighten awareness, spark action and ultimately save lives.  While World Thrombosis Day will provide information about all forms of thrombosis and over time address all thrombotic disorders, efforts for this first year will focus initially on venous thromboembolism (VTE), one of the most common and potentially deadly, yet under-appreciated, thrombotic events. 

The need for World Thrombosis Day is clear: There is little public awareness of thrombosis as the common underlying mechanism of the three leading causes of cardiovascular death - heart attack, stroke, and venous thromboembolism (VTE). And in many locales health care professionals may not be doing all they should to correctly diagnose it, prevent it and appropriately treat patients.

The American Venous Forum’s National Venous Screening Program is an excellent tool for spreading awareness of venous health issues to the public.  The National Venous Screening Program was designed to promote a nationwide focus on venous disorders such as varicose veins, chronic venous insufficiency and venous thromboembolism.  The primary goal of the Screening Program matches that of World Thrombosis Day- to create a heightened level of national awareness about venous problems. The AVF believes that venous disease must become a national healthcare priority.

AVF Screening Program offers a Comprehensive Venous Screening Kit for conducting free public screenings locally.  The screening program uses simple, non-invasive ultrasound techniques and a risk assessment tool to evaluate for venous disease. The screening process for participants consists of four simple steps: completion of a brief demographic questionnaire; assessment of venous VTE risk and venous-specific quality of life; abbreviated venous ultrasound exam; and lower extremity inspection for signs of chronic venous insufficiency. Participants receive a report card as well as disease-specific educational materials during the exit interview. Those screened are encouraged to share their results with their primary care provider. The Screening Kit is available for purchase on the AVF website.

Help spread awareness of VTE by partnering with AVF supporting World Thrombosis Day.  As we get closer to October 13, join us in spreading the message behind World Thrombosis Day.  Educate the public by holding free venous screening events in your community featuring the World Thrombosis Day message.  AVF will provide the Screening Kit at a special discounted rate for helping us support World Thrombosis Day, and provide you with World Thrombosis Day posters. Email info@veinforum.org for more information.

While organizations around the world are collaborating to spread awareness of VTE and World Thrombosis Day, the heart of the movement will be on the local level.  AVF encourages YOU to participate in this endeavor by informing the public of the serious health risks of venous thromboembolism.  ISTH has provided a wealth of information and resources for you to use including a unified message, educational graphics, marketing tips and more.  Visit https://www.isth.org/?WTD for more information about World Thrombosis day and how you can participate.

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