What should I do?

What is a clot?

Venous thrombosis is the formation of a clot inside a blood vessel, usually in the legs, which restricts blood flow and can become fatal if it breaks off and enters the lungs.

However, they are preventable – which is why you should Ask about Clots.

Why should you Ask about Clots?

Everyone is at risk of developing a clot.

When you ask your doctor, nurse or healthcare professional about clots, they will be able to assess your risk and provide appropriate treatment to prevent one developing.

Tell your friends and family

62% of people in Wales believe that they are more likely to develop a thrombosis on an aeroplane than in hospital1.

In reality, you are far more likely to develop a clot during time spent in hospital or in the 90 days following discharge.

So tell your friends and family to Ask about Clots too.
“I’m going to Ask about Clots.”
“I’m going to Ask about Clots.”

If you would like to find out more about thrombosis, visit NHS Wales Direct today.

1 Beaufort Research Ltd. interviewed a representative sample of 1,000 adults across Wales in March 2014 regarding perceptions around the danger of clots.

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