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Data & Statistics

60,000 to 100,000 Estimated number of Americans who die each year from venous thromboembolism (VTE).

* The data on this page are from the article, “Venous Thromboembolism: A Public Health Concern.” [Read summary]

  • The precise number of people affected by DVT/PE is unknown,although as many as 900,000 people could be affected (1 to 2 per 1,000) each year in the United States.
  • Estimates suggest that 60,000-100,000 Americans die of DVT/PE (also called venous thromboembolism).
    • 10 to 30% of people will die within one month of diagnosis.
    • Sudden death is the first symptom in about one-quarter (25%) of people who have a PE.
  • Among people who have had a DVT, one-half will have long-term complications (post-thrombotic syndrome) such as swelling, pain, discoloration, and scaling in the affected limb.
  • One-third (about 33%) of people with DVT/PE will have a recurrence within 10 years.
  • Approximately 5 to 8% of the U.S. population has one of several genetic risk factors, also known as inherited thrombophilias in which a genetic defect can be identified that increases the risk for thrombosis.


Highlighted Articles

New Study Findings
Multiple data sources needed for accurate reporting of blood clots after surgery
(Published June 23, 2015)

New VTE Study
Health conditions, hospital characteristics associated with blood clot diagnosis among patients.
(Published June 23, 2015)

New risk factors for VTE
Study explores levels of proteins important in blood clotting as possible new risk factors for VTE
(Published October 15, 2014)

Preventing HA-VTE 
VTE is both a public health problem and a preventable patient safety problem.
(Published March 6, 2014)

Use of CT Scans in EDs
Diagnosis of PE associated with and trends in use of CT scans among patients with chest symptoms.
(Published: December 17, 2013)

Deep Vein Thrombosis Awareness Month
Are you at risk for a serious blood clot? Find out now.
(Published: March 9, 2015)

Do You Know about Blood Clots and Travel?
Blood clots can be a serious risk for anyone traveling more than four hours.
(Published: March 24, 2014)

Deep Vein Thrombosis Quiz
How much do you know about DVT? Take a quiz to find out and read one man’s personal experience with the condition.
(Published: March 4, 2013)

Preventing Venous Thromboembolism
(Published: January 7, 2013)