Hospital da Luz Lisboa Participates in National Study of Clinical Cardiology

A study involving 4000 patients in 14 Portuguese hospitals, including Hospital da Luz Lisboa, has just been published in Revista Portuguesa de Cardiologia and had as first author Daniel Ferreira, coordinator of Clinical Cardiology in the Cardiovascular Centre of this unit of Grupo Luz Saúde.

The study analysed the risk of venous thromboembolism, a critical situation resulting from the formation of blood clots in deep veins obstructing the blood flow and eventually moving through venous circulation, causing pulmonary embolism and, in some cases, death. Venous thromboembolism is a vascular complication relatively frequent and the determination of its risk of occurrence is essential for the doctor, to allow him to choose the best treatment strategy for each patient.

The coordinator group of this study, besides Daniel Ferreira, includes Joaquim Abreu de Sousa (Surgery Service of IPO, Oporto), Paulo Felicíssimo (Orthopaedic Service from Hospital Fernando Fonseca, Amadora) and Ana França (Instituto Português do Sangue e da Transplantação – Portuguese Institute of Blood and Transplantation).

The group analysed data gathered by ARTE Study (Avaliação de Risco de Tromboembolismo Venoso) – Evaluation of Venous Thromboembolism Risk – a prospective work made between December 2008 and June 2012, in 14 Portuguese hospitals, englobing 4248 inpatients in the departments of surgery, internal medicine, orthopaedics and oncology.

In the conclusions of the study, the authors propose a new score to evaluate the risk of venous thromboembolism during patients’ hospital internment, defending that it may result “in an improvement of the practice of thromboprophylaxis in our hospitals”.

Read the paper ‘Risco de tromboembolismo venoso e tromboprofilaxia nos hospitais portugueses - Estudo ARTE’, published in the November edition of Revista Portuguesa de Cardiologia.