Blood clots unveiled: Understanding the significance of thrombosis as a non-communicable disease
Thrombosis, encompassing conditions such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE), is considered a non-communicable disease (NCD) due to its nature and underlying risk factors.
NCDs are chronic conditions that are not directly caused by infectious agents and tend to develop over a prolonged period. Thrombosis fits this profile as it arises from a complex interplay of risk factors such as obesity, sedentary lifestyle, smoking, hormonal changes, and underlying health conditions. Moreover, thrombosis often manifests as a result of comorbidities, such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and metabolic disorders, which are commonly associated with NCDs.
As Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) shape health policy on NCDs, it is imperative for them to consider the significant impact of thrombosis. Recognizing thrombosis as an integral part of the NCD landscape allows for comprehensive prevention, early detection, and effective management strategies to be integrated into EU health policies. By considering thrombosis in their deliberations, MEPs can ensure that health policies are holistic, impactful, and better equipped to address the diverse range of NCDs affecting the EU population.