Test your VTE Knowledge

Since we are participating in a VTE study (GARFIELD-VTE), I thought I would test your VTE knowledge:

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) comprises two syndromes:

  1. Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism
  2. Pulmonary embolism and atrial fibrillation
  3. Deep vein thrombosis and heart attack

Answer: a

In the United States, about how many people die every year from VTE?

  1. 1,000-2,000
  2. 50,000-75,000
  3. 100,000-300,000

Answer: c

One advantage of the newer anticoagulants (“blood thinners”) over warfarin is:

  1. They cost less
  2.  They do not require routine blood testing
  3. They are taken less frequently

Answer: b

Through the GARFIELD-VTE trial, we will learn a lot more about pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis. If you are a VTE patient, you can help us in this massive effort. Call our office for more information.

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