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Preventing VTE/blood clots: Information for patients and families

What should I know about blood clots?

Over 60% of all blood clots happen during or in the 90 days after a hospital stay. Most of the remainder happen in people with cancer, women who are pregnant or in the six weeks after giving birth and those who have their lower leg immobilised, e.g. in a cast.

Knowing your risk, recognising the signs and symptoms of a blood clot in your leg or lungs and taking immediate action if they occur, could save your life.

The HSE partnered with Thrombosis Ireland, a patient advocacy group, to produce alert cards for hospital patients and distribute cards and posters to hospitals.

Women & Blood Clots

Women can be at higher risk of blood clots during pregnancy, after birth or while taking contraception or HRT containing oestrogen. The Thrombosis Ireland Women & Blood Clots awareness campaign has developed a series of resources.