Fast Five Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of Venous Thromboembolism

Cheong Jun Lee, MD


December 03, 2018

In the United States, the incidence of VTE is highest in the African American population. The US white population has the second highest incidence of VTE, and the US Asian and Native American population has the lowest incidence.

Whereas PE occurs more frequently in males, research from the CDC has shown that more adult females (296,623) than adult males (250,973) are hospitalized for VTE annually.

Age is an important risk factor for VTE, with increasing age conferring a greater risk. For patients older than 40 years, the risk for VTE doubles with each decade of life. Whereas the estimated annual average rate of hospitalization in which VTE was diagnosed was 60 per 100,000 persons in the 18- to 39- year-old age group, this rate was 1134 per 100,000 persons in those aged 80 years or older.

For more on the epidemiology of VTE, read here.


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