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Přínosy a rizika profylaxe tromboembolické nemoci u geriatrického pa­cienta

Title in English Benefits and risks of primary prevention of venous thrombembolism in the Elderly


Year of publication 2018
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Kardiologická revue
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Medicine

Keywords Venous thrombembolism – deep venous thrombosis – pulmonary embolism – prophylaxis – elderly patients – NOAC – polymorbidity – polypharmacotherapy
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Description Venous thrombembolism is a relatively common cardiovascular disease with a comparatively high morbidity and mortality. It includes two principal units: deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. The incidence and prevalence of venous thrombembolism increase exponentialy with age. Therefore, there is no doubt of the importance of age as one of the principal risk factors causing this disorder. With increasing life expectancy, the relative and the absolute number of diseased suffering from this illness increases and will increase. Furthermore, the geriatric patients perform particularly specific clinical signs, frequently suffer from polymorbidity and use polypharmacy. Therefore, they present a vulnerable unit of individuals tending to develop venous thrombembolism performing severe consequences of it in comparison to younger adults. Accordingly, it is of high importance to primarily prevent venous thrombembolism in older patients considerating the vulnerability of those to coagulability as well as to bleeding.