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Prof. Zbigniew Krasinski: Smoking is one of the risk factors for thrombosis. Smokers are looking for and need alternatives

MedExpress Team

Piotr Wójcik

Published Oct. 16, 2023 14:22

Interview with Prof. Zbigniew Krasinski, head of the Department of Vascular Surgery, Angiology and Phlebology at UMP, president of the Polish Phlebology Society.

How common a problem among Poles today is venous thromboembolism? How has it changed over the past decade?

We are in Warsaw. This is a good example, because if two people per thousand have thrombosis annually, that means that in Warsaw, roughly four thousand people a year have it. As for Poland as a whole, extrapolating data from other large studies in Western Europe, we can say that a medium-sized city disappears annually (30,000 people die annually). So the problem is huge. These complications are more in the elderly, with multimorbidity. What has changed in the last 10 years? We are certainly an aging society, and age is predisposing to the disease. Treatment of the disease is also changing. We are getting more and more radical in treatment. We're putting in a lot of dialysis catheters, chemotherapy catheters, we're operating, we're also doing bariatric procedures, which are treatments ...

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