BERLIN, July 12, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The World Thrombosis Day campaign, led by the International Society
"Despite the prevalence of AFib around the world, this survey confirms that a majority of people lack critical awareness and knowledge about the condition," said Dr. Gary Raskob, dean of the College of Public Health, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and chairman of the World Thrombosis Day Steering Committee. "Through the World Thrombosis Day campaign, we hope to continue raising awareness of AFib and its importance as a cause of stroke, which can be prevented by detection and treatment of AFib. This effort will help meet the World Health Assembly's goal of reducing premature deaths from non-communicable disease by 25 percent by 2025."
The internet-based study, conducted by ISTH in collaboration with Ipsos-Reid, included more than 6,000 participants in 10 countries, including Argentina, Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Thailand, Netherlands, Uganda, United Kingdom and the United States, in fall 2016. The 11-question survey compared awareness of AFib, its risk factors, and signs and symptoms with other thrombosis-related disorders, including thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, heart attack and stroke.
The survey also assessed knowledge of more commonly known disorders such as hypertension, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, breast cancer and prostate cancer. Participants were selected from survey panels in weighted, age-stratified categories.
Key findings include:
AFib is a common type of arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat, causing the heart's upper chamber to beat out of rhythm. This can cause pooling of the blood, ultimately leading to clot formation. If that clot breaks free, it can lodge in an artery, travel to the brain and result in a stroke. For more information and resources about AFib, please visit www.worldthrombosisday.org.
About the ISTHFounded in 1969, the ISTH is the leading worldwide not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing the understanding, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of thrombotic and bleeding disorders. ISTH is an international professional membership organization with more than 4,000 clinicians, researchers and educators working together to improve the lives of patients in more than 94 countries around the world. Among its highly regarded activities and initiatives are education and standardization programs, research activities, meetings and congresses, peer-reviewed publications, expert committees and World Thrombosis Day on 13 October. Visit ISTH online at www.isth.org.
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SOURCE International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis
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