Arterial thrombosis (myocardial infarction or stroke) is a major cause of death in people over the age of 40 and is usually secondary to underlying arterial disease, atherosclerosis. Coagulation defects are rarely implicated as significant determinant. Venous thrombosis also is a major cause of morbidity and mortality with an overall annual incidence of 1/1000. Stasis following trauma and surgery is a common aetiological factor as is increasing age. Up to 40% of people >40 may develop deep vein thrombosis (DVT) following orthopaedic or major abdominal surgery; as many as a third of medical patients in ITU may do so. Many medical conditions increase the risk of thrombosis.

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