Marshall Health and the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine announced today they have partnered with organizers of World Thrombosis Day in a united effort to reduce death and disability from thrombosis-the underlying cause of the world’s top three cardiovascular killers: heart attack, stroke and venous thromboembolism (VTE).
VTE is a condition in which blood clots form (most often) in the deep veins of the leg (known as deep vein thrombosis, DVT) and can travel in the circulation and lodge in the lungs (known as pulmonary embolism, PE). VTE is a life-threatening, but often preventable, condition that affects millions of people worldwide.
To support World Thrombosis Day, Marshall Health is planning a community seminar at 1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12, in the Harless Auditorium at the Marshall University Medical Center on the campus of Cabell Huntington Hospital.
“Venous thromboembolism is a leading cause of death and disability worldwide,” said Bisher Mustafa, M.D., an associate professor in internal medicine and speaker for Thursday’s event. “In Europe and the United States, it claims more lives than AIDS, breast and prostate cancer, and motor vehicle crashes combined. World Thrombosis Day is a worldwide effort to identify and reduce the incidence and risks of VTE.”
Thursday’s event is free and open to the public.
Photo: Dr. Bisher Mustafa will speak on World Thrombosis Day at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, in the Marshall University Medical Center.