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National Thrombosis Week 2016: May 2nd – 6th

Pulmonary Embolism remains the most common preventable cause of hospital deaths in the UK.*

25,000 people in England die from VTE (Venous Thromboembolism) every year.**

DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) can occur for no apparent reason, but it often develops after long periods of inactivity, such as during a long-haul flight or if you’re in hospital. DVT can also occur during pregnancy, or as a result of some medical conditions, such as cancer, heart failure, or if the wall of a blood vessel becomes damaged***. If left untreated 1 in 10 people with a DVT with develop pulmonary embolism.

Most blood clots are small and don’t cause any symptoms. Your body will often be able to gradually break them down and there won’t be any long-term effects to your health. Larger clots can be more of a problem as they can partly or completely block the blood flow in your vein. This may cause symptoms in your affected leg or arm, for example:

• swelling
• pain and tenderness
• warm skin that looks red
• a mild fever

National Thrombosis Week helps to raise awareness, extend understanding and provide information and support so that VTE cases can be prevented, and more lives can be saved.

1. *Morrell MT and Dunnill MS (1968) Br J Surg 55, 347-352
2. **House of Commons Health Committee (2005) – The prevention of venous thromboembolism in hospitalised patients
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  1. I found information useful. I hope you will be able too let me know what is the largest size available. I was in Hospital & was diagnosed with Vascular Disease.On discharge the nurse put my Stockings on (Large) the pain in my leg was excruciating & trying too remove them even worse.But I have too wear some stockings. Do you stock extra large?? I will ask my G.P to prescribe or purchase some for myself. I look forward too hearing from you. Thankyou very much Jean Messer.

    • Hello Jean,

      I am sorry to hear that you had some discomfort with the application of these stockings. We do have an extra large size, as well as a bariatric size, so your GP should certainly be able to resize you if necessary.

      Please let me know if I can help you with anything else, and feel free to contact me directly at

      We greatly appreciate your feedback.

      Kind Regards,

      Anya McGanty

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