Cover of The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism

The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism

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Rockville (MD): Office of the Surgeon General (US); .
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This first “Call to Action to Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism (PE),” provides vital information on critical health problems that cause enormous health consequences and numerous deaths in our country. Estimates suggest that at least 350,000, and as many as 600,000, Americans each year contract DVT/PE, and at least 100,000 deaths are thought to be related to these diseases each year. Many of those who survive have complications that have a serious and negative impact on the quality of their lives. Without the joint efforts of all stakeholders, including clinicians and families, the problem will only worsen as the population ages.