The importance of World Thrombosis Day!

Thrombosis is a common disorder of the blood vessels which is estimated to account for 1 in 4 deaths worldwide. It is responsible for the top cardiovascular-related deaths – heart attack, stroke, and venous thromboembolism (VTE).

World Thrombosis Day (WTD) was created by ISTH (International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis) in 2014. The day was established in response to ISTH members requesting there be a targeted focus of global support for this often misunderstood and overlooked life-threatening condition. The date was specifically chosen as it is the birthday of Rudolf Virchow who was a physician, pathologist, biologist and anthropologist, and founded the pathophysiology of thrombosis.

WTD is an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of blood clots and increase knowledge and information about the seriousness of this health issue. WTD brings together organisations and health professionals from around the world to support the event. Visit the World Thrombosis Day website for further information about this significant day and the activities offered.

Perth Blood Institute (PBI) recognises the day and provides information and up-to-date research associated with thrombosis via the Thrombosis Australia (TA) and Thrombosis Australia Professionals (TAP) websites. These websites offer platforms for both the general community and health professionals to access an assortment of news and thrombosis-related material, all in one central place.

Thrombosis can affect anyone at different ages and the TA website presents personal stories from diverse individuals who have experienced thrombosis. TA also gives tools and resources to help impart lifestyle tips to help reduce the risk of developing thrombosis.

PBI is marking the day with a joint Scientific Meeting with THANZ (Thrombosis and Haemostasis society of Australia and New Zealand). The research meeting is honoured to have visiting guest speaker Prof. James O’Donnell, a professor of vascular biology from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

Today on WTD 2022, we encourage you to visit https://www.pbi.org.au/thrombosis-australia to learn more about thrombosis.


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