Venous Thromboembolism: Risk of First Blood Clots in Hospitalized Pregancy Women

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Alyshah Abdul Sultan, doctorate student
Division of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Nottingham, Clinical Sciences Building Phase 2, City Hospital, Nottingham NG5 1PB, UK

MedicalResearch.com: What are the main findings of the study?

Answer: Overall, we found that hospitalisation during pregnancy was associated with an excess risk of 16.6 cases per 1,000 person-years compared with time outside hospital (17.5-fold increase in risk). There was also an excess risk of 5.8 cases per 1,000 person years in the 28 days after discharge with VTE events more likely to occur in the third trimester of pregnancy and in women aged 35 years and over.
MedicalResearch.com: Were any of the findings unexpected?

Answer: These results are not that surprising as higher risk of VTE during hospital admission has already been demonstrated in non-pregnant general non-pregnant population.

MedicalResearch.com: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?

Answer: In the light of our findings pregnant hospitalized  women should receive careful considerations in terms of VTE risk assessment especially those in their third trimester or age>35 years. The should also receive careful consideration the in the post-discharge period.

MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Answer: An even bigger study which can look into the reasons for each hospitalistion

Citation:

Risk of first venous thromboembolism in pregnant women in hospital: population based cohort study from England

Abdul Sultan A ,West J ,Tata LJ ,Fleming KM ,Nelson-Piercy C ,Grainge MJ. Risk of first venous thromboembolism in pregnant women in hospital: population based cohort study from England. BMJ 2013;347:f6099