World Thrombosis Day

Recognised on 13 October, World Thrombosis Day (WTD) (http://www.worldthrombosisday.org/) focuses attention on the often overlooked and misunderstood disease of thrombosis. With hundreds of educational events in countries around the world, World Thrombosis Day and its partners place a global spotlight on thrombosis as an urgent and growing health problem.

World Thrombosis Day takes place every year on 13 October, the birthday of Rudolf Virchow who was a pioneer in the pathophysiology of thrombosis. A German physician and pathologist, Virchow developed the concept of “thrombosis” and advanced our understanding of this condition.

World Thrombosis Day seeks to increase global awareness of thrombosis, including its causes, risk factors, signs/symptoms and evidence-based prevention and treatment. Ultimately, we strive to reduce death and disability caused by the disease.

The mission supports the World Health Assembly’s global target of reducing premature deaths by non-communicable disease by 25 percent by 2025, as well as the World Health Organization’s global action plan for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases between 2013 and 2020.

Worldwide, one in four people die from causes related to thrombosis. Without addressing this disease head on, we cannot meet the World Health Assembly’s global target to reduce premature non-communicable mortality by 25 percent by 2025.

Thrombosis refers to abnormal, life-threatening blood clots that form in the artery or vein. A clot in the vein (usually in the leg or pelvis) is known as a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and a clot that breaks off and travels to the lungs is known as a pulmonary embolism (PE). Together, DVT and PE make up venous thromboembolism (VTE).