Thrombosis: Medical Expert Identifies Cause Of Deadly Health Conditions
Prof. Leroy Chuma Edozien, a medical expert and Medical Law teacher at the University of Medical Sciences (UNIMED), Ondo, has identified one of the causes of a not-too-well-known health condition called Thrombosis, or in layman’s terms, blood clot, which could be a risk factor in other dangerous health conditions like COVID–19, obesity, cancer, diabetes, among others, and could also occur in pregnant women and after major medical procedures.
Thrombosis, according to him, could occur in the vein or artery, impeding the free circulation of blood in the blood vessels, and could get dislodged from different parts of the body to the lungs or heart, causing severe health problems or sudden death.
The University don listed the cause of thrombosis to include sitting or laying down for a long time, as well as family history which could genetically predispose one to the condition.
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He said to prevent thrombosis, people should walk around after sitting or lying down for a long, either during land, air travels, or while on a sick bed; drink enough water to hydrate their bodies, take blood thinning injections, and tablets at regular intervals or wear compressing stockings, especially for the elderly.
Prof Leroy Edozien, who holds Bachelor,’s and Postgraduate degrees in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Medical Law, regretted the low level of awareness of the condition, stressing that medical professionals must rise up to the occasion by complying with the guidelines for the assessment of the risk of thrombosis to reduce the fatality rate of the condition.
The Ubilikankwu of Asaba revealed that he had started a Facebook campaign to create awareness of the condition, while World Thrombosis Day was being celebrated annually to further keep the public abreast of the condition.
As he spoke more on other causes of sudden death, the medical practitioner then advised members of the public, particularly the elderly, against jumping out of bed in the night to urinate without first sitting on the bed for a few minutes, explaining that doing so could cut the supply of blood to the brain, leading to dizziness and a slump which could result in death.