Old age and VTE
Age is the main risk factor of thrombosis and pulmonary embolism
Pulmonary emboli in older people tend to be more severe than in the young.
The same pulmonary embolism could display very few symptoms in a 30-year old, and be very serious in a patient of 80 years of age, who suffers from a heart or a lung condition.
Immobilization, an important risk
In old age patients the main triggering factor of VTE is prolonged immobilization, usually related to degenerative osteoarticular processes, loss of secondary forcesor brain stroke, and often with dementia.
Elderly patients with VTE often suffer from associated chronic diseases making VTE diagnosis difficult, at times. Symptoms sometimes overlap and are confused or misinterpreted which may worsen their prognosis.
Treatments with anticoagulant drugs present a much higher risk of bleeding complication in these patients. The doctor must always consider this condition when prescribing drugs.
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