What causes death in patients with deep venous thrombosis (DVT)?

Updated: Jun 06, 2019
  • Author: Kaushal (Kevin) Patel, MD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Death from DVT is attributed to massive pulmonary embolism (PE), which causes as many as 300,000 deaths annually in the United States. [1]  PE is the leading cause of preventable in-hospital mortality. The Longitudinal Investigation of Thromboembolism Etiology (LITE) that combined data from two prospective cohort studies, the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) and the Cardiovascular Health Study (CHS) determined the incidence of symptomatic DVT and pulmonary embolism in 21,680 participants aged 45 years or older who were followed for 7.6 years. [91]


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