Many common problems in clinical medicine and general practice relate to arterial and venous thrombosis. Thrombosis in veins (i.e. venous thromboembolism, (VTE)) is a permanent problem in various cancers and following surgery, especially orthopaedic. It has recently been estimated that death due to VTE in the European Community exceeds that AIDS, breast cancer, prostate cancer and road traffic accidents combined. This new workbook aims to develop a clear understanding of VTE. Contents include: What are deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism and why are they important? Who is at risk of these conditions and why? Recognising and confirming VTE What have we got to treat these conditions? Clinical practice of anticoagulation Use of LMWH Use of warfarin What happens if something goes wrong? Haemorrhage Tips for practitioners Answers to consolidation questions and case studies

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