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G Dolan
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Volume 38: Issue 4: 2008




Venous  thromboembolism  (VTE),  mainly  deep  vein  thrombosis  and pulmonary  embolism,  is  a  significant  cause  of  morbidity  and  mortality  in  the Western world. It has been estimated that there are 300,000 new cases of first lifetime VTE in the US each year, and there are 60,000 deaths annually from VTE in  the  UK.  Parallels  have  been  drawn  with  other  clinical  conditions  that  have received more attention, and it has been estimated that the mortality rate for VTE in  the  UK  is  five  times  greater  than  the  combined  total  number  of  deaths  from breast  cancer, AIDS  and  road  traffic  accidents  and  more  than  ten  times  greater than from methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection