Venous thromboembolic events (VTE) are a significant burden and have been recognised as a clinical priority for the NHS.1 Here we cover the important role played by Secondary Care Specialists in the diagnosis, treatment, and long-term care of patients with VTE, and the importance of extended anticoagulation for those at risk of recurrent events.

Up to one in every 1,000 people in the UK are affected by a VTE each year. A major concern is that sufferers can develop a pulmonary embolism (PE) – a potentially life-threatening condition.2

Many of those affected by VTE already have additional risk factors such as recent surgery or a serious illness.2


  • PE = Pulmonary Embolism
  • VTE = Venous Thromboembolic Events

  1. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. Venous thromboembolism in adults: diagnosis and management. London: NICE, 2016. Available at: (accessed December 2019).
  2. Thrombosis UK. Venous Thrombosis Leaflet. Available at: (accessed December 2019).

December 2019