Venous thromboembolism is comprised of pulmonary embolism and deep venous thrombosis and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality.
Decision on which type of prophylaxis to be given must be individualized for each patient.
All patients admitted for major trauma, surgery or acute medical illness should be assessed for risk of venous thromboembolism and bleeding before starting prophylaxis for venous thromboembolism.
Early mobilization and leg exercises for any patient recently immobilized are recommended. Immobilized patients should also be adequately hydrated.
Intermittent pneumatic compression devices periodically compress calf and/or thighs and stimulate fibrinolysis. It has been shown to be effective in prophylaxis of asymptomatic deep venous thrombosis in surgical patients.
Graduated compression stockings may be used for deep venous thrombosis prophylaxis in surgical patients with no contraindication for use.
Patients with acute, low-risk pulmonary embolism (PE) can be safely discharged within 2 days of hospitalization and treated with rivaroxaban out-of-hospital with a low incidence of recurrence, findings of the HoT-PE* study showed.
Apixaban slashes the risk of recurrent venous thromboembolism (VTE) by 90 percent in cancer patients compared with the low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) dalteparin, with no increase in major bleeding risk, according to the ADAM VTE study presented at ASH 2018.
Use of direct-acting oral anticoagulants (DOACs) in patients with cancer and venous thromboembolism (VTE) results in only two episodes of clinically significant bleeding and no episodes of recurrent VTE, according to the results of a single-centre, retrospective, observational study.
Aspirin is as effective as rivaroxaban in the prevention of symptomatic venous thromboembolism following total hip or total knee arthroplasty in patients who have already received 5 days of rivaroxaban prophylaxis, according to a study.
Tailored therapy duration with elastic compression stockings based on a patient’s signs and symptoms was noninferior to the standard therapy duration of 24 months in preventing post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS), according to the IDEAL-DVT* study.
The noninferiority of edoxaban compared with dalteparin in preventing recurrent venous thromboembolism (VTE) and major bleeding in patients with cancer highlights edoxaban as a potential alternative to low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) in this group of patients, suggests results of the Hokusai VTE-Cancer Study presented at ASH 2017.
Treatment with direct-acting oral anticoagulants (DOACs) was not associated with increased risks of major bleeding or deaths from any cause within 90 days of therapy initiation, when compared with warfarin in adults with newly diagnosed venous thromboembolism (VTE), according to a large real-world study.
Rosuvastatin led to improved coagulation profile, in particular lower levels of factor VIII procoagulant activity (VIII:C), among patients who had venous thrombosis (VT) previously, suggesting that statins could reduce the risk of recurrent VT, according to a study presented at the ISTH 2017 Congress in Berlin, Germany.
Elderly persons (≥75 years) on aspirin-based antiplatelet therapy without routine proton-pump inhibitor (PPI) use have a higher long-term risk of major bleeding, in particular upper gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding which is often more disabling or fatal than in younger persons, according to the OXVASC* study.
Elderly cancer patients on anticoagulant therapy are at least nine times more likely to die within 7 days after a major bleeding event than after a venous thromboembolism (VTE) recurrence, suggests a study presented at the EHA Congress 2017 in Madrid, Spain.
Individuals with left main coronary artery disease (CAD) who underwent percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) or coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) continued to show similar rates of the primary outcome (composite of death, stroke, or myocardial infarction), highlighting the potential of PCI as a CABG alternative in this patient setting, according to the final results of the EXCEL* trial presented at TCT 2019.