World Thrombosis Day is globally observed every 13th of October to highlight the disease burden from thrombrosis, its signs, symptoms, prevention and curative measures of this health condition.

Thrombosis is an abnormal life threatening blood clot, that forms in an artery or veins of the body, mostly in the upper legs, arms, neck or lungs. This life-threatening health complication arises whenever blood clots dislodge and travels down the bloodstream to lodge in other veins or arteries thereby causing a blockage.

The International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis reports that thrombosis is one major health disorder that causes most cardiovascular illnesses such as stroke and heart attacks.

Sadly, while most of us are aware of heart attacks and stroke, fewer people know about thrombosis. It can affect people of all ages but the risk of developing it increases after the age of 40 years.

Some identified factors that can indicate increased risk of thrombosis are obesity, smoking, sitting at a place for long periods of time, paralysis as a result of stroke or injury, having a leg in a plaster cast or splint, inherited disorders, pregnancy etc.

Thrombosis does not always show symptoms but whenever symptoms occur, it is usually a cramp-like aching pain in the affected muscles or area, swelling, discoloration of skin, warmth, redness, rapid breathing, light headedness or passing out, etc.

Fortunately, measures that help reduce or even prevent the risk of developing this life threatening health disorder are simple, healthy steps. They are, maintaining a healthy body weight, undertaking regular exercises especially the leg and ankle areas to encourage blood flow amongst others such as non smoking, drinking plenty of non-alcoholic fluids, avoiding high doses of estrogen pills, whilst those with peculiar health conditions or inherited disorders should constantly seek medical attention inorder to minimise the risk of thrombosis.

On this day's observance, I urge all key stakeholders in the health sector, advocacy groups, hospitals, including thrombosis survivors to join in this global campaign and sensitization in order to reduce thrombosis related morbidity and mortality rates worldwide.

God bless and keep you and your families.

From Her Excellency,
Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike,
The Wife of His Excellency,
Nyesom Ezenwo Wike CON.
The Governor of Rivers State.


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