2017 World Thrombosis Day: Dissolve the clots!

Every year around 100,000 people in Germany alone die as a result of a pulmonary embolism – it's time to change this!

Deep vein thrombosis remains one of the most prevalent cardiovascular disorders in Germany. The aim of this year's World Thrombosis Day on October 13 is once again to raise awareness about this underestimated and life-threatening risk. Since 2014 the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) has been leading the effort to inform the nation about the issue of thrombosis.

Symptoms of a thrombosis

Thromboses arise as a result of a clotting disorder of the blood. When the blood clots in the venous system, a thrombus can form on the vessel wall. This deposit narrows the vessel and can even block it off entirely. The blood can no longer flow optimally through the vein to the heart.

It is not easy to recognise an actual thrombosis as the symptoms can vary widely. Signs of thrombosis may include swelling, pain on exertion, a feeling of tension, or even a warming of the affected extremity. If you experience one or more of these symptoms, you should consult a physician immediately to exclude a thrombosis or commence suitable treatment.

Reducing the risks, minimising the danger

Risk factors such as pre-existing varicose veins, a heart or lung disorder, being overweight, smoking, or hormonal influences such as birth control pills can significantly increase the risk of thrombosis. But even those who do not think that they belong to any high-risk group might not be safe from thrombosis because it can happen to anyone.

A particular form of thrombosis that is on the rise these days is the so-called “economy class syndrome”. Long periods of cramped seating, bent legs, and lack of movement on a long journey can put anyone at risk. That’s why it is advisable to wear compression stockings to relieve the veins. Compression stockings support the return flow of blood to the heart by applying an external pressure to the distended vessels, which reduces the diameter of the veins and decreases blood stagnation in the legs.

Juzo has a wide variety of styles on offer, from calf-high stockings right through to pantyhose. There are a large number of colours available, so choosing between something classical, or striking and unusual can be difficult. There are also compression stockings for men, of course! We invite you to explore our product range.

Get active!

More and more people are recognising the importance of a healthy lifestyle. This can play a decisive role in reducing your risk of thrombosis.

Physical activity, for example endurance sports, strengthens the muscle pumps and helps vitalise the body. It is also important to maintain a healthy body weight as every excess pound puts strain on the body, in particular the legs and the veins. A balanced diet, with an adequate amount of fibre and low in sugar and fat, is the key. It is also advisable to eliminate alcohol and nicotine.

The Thrombosis Action Alliance, which includes several leading medical associations, once again organised an event in Berlin on this year’s World Thrombosis Day. Under the patronage of the Federal Health Minister Hermann Gröhe, renowned experts met on October 13 to discuss the topic: “Dissolving clots, saving lives – intersectoral treatment of thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.”