Manipal, October .14: Announcing the Free Thrombosis Screening Program, Dr H S Ballal, Pro Chancellor, Manipal University said that ” While the world’s top two cardiovascular killers – heart attack and stroke – are global health priorities, the No. 3 killer, venous thromboembolism (VTE) or blood clots in the leg and lungs, has remained largely under-recognized by the public, according to the recent review by WHO and International Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH). The observation of the World Thrombosis Day 2014″ focused is on increasing public and health professionals’ awareness of potentially deadly blood clots in the leg and lungs, the risk factors, symptoms and the importance of prevention. Dr H S Ballal also gave away the scholarships to students with Bleeding disorder under the “IDEEA” Project of Manipal Haemophilia Society and Kasturba Hospital and Manipal University. About 15 students were awarded scholarships for higher education under the “IDEEA” project.
Dr (Col) M Dayananda Medical Superintendent said that ” Kasturba Hospital is offering “Free Thrombosis Screening Week” from 13th to 18th October and a package for screening is offered to eligible patients including Consultation and Echo-cardiography Inherited thrombophilia work up – Protein C, Protein S, Anti-thrombin III deficiency; Activated Protein C resistance (APCR); D-Dimer.; PT/APTT, Lupus anticoagulant (DRVVT) and also Factor VIII assay.
Kasturba Hospital, Manipal has pioneered with the International Society of Thrombosis and Hemostasis and is a part in observing “World Thrombosis Day 2014” said DR Annamma Kurien, Associate Dean and President Manipal Haemophilia Society. “The lack of attention over decades to this largely preventable disease amounts to an unrecognized crisis that we must start addressing immediately,” said DR Annamma Kurien. “It is clear from our review that VTE is a major contributor to global disease burden. As a part of the Awareness Program, Kasturba Hospital organized a free “Thrombosis Screening Week”. People with history of venous thrombosis/thromboembolism, unusual sites of thrombosis, Young adults with stroke, Arterial thrombosis, Bad obstetric history are the high risk category of patients who are required to undergo the screening.