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Welcome

This website is intended to provide patients, families, physicians and health care workers with information about the Thrombosis Program. This program is affiliated with Vancouver Coastal Health and the University of British Columbia.

This site provides general information on venous thromboembolism or blood clots, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment, as well as links to resources that provide more extensive information.

DISCLAIMER: The information on this site is not medical advice and may contain outdated information. At all times patients should rely on the advice of their physician and discuss their medical management with their health care providers. The Thrombosis Program, the affiliated physicians, nurses, staff and its sponsors assume no responsibility or liability arising from any error or omission or from the use of any information contained on this site.
The Thrombosis Program does not endorse or recommend any commercial products and is not responsible or liable for the content and availability of linked websites and other programs.












  • Blood clots (DVT) occur in about 200,000 Canadians every year, resulting in approximately 60,000 hospitalizations
  • About 4,000 patients in BC are diagnosed with blood clots each year
  • Blood clots kill more people per year than AIDS, breast cancer and highway fatalities combined
  • The risk of DVT is higher in patients with cancer, inflammatory diseases, serious infections, post-surgery or trauma and during childbirth
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