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Table 2 Awareness of VTE

From: Awareness of venous thromboembolism and thromboprophylaxis among hospitalized patients: a cross-sectional study

Item Options No. of responses Percent
Which of the following cause DVT? Blood clot in veinb 82 47.1%
Lack of oxygen in vein 5 2.9%
A tumor in vein 7 4.0%
None of the above 4 2.3%
Not sure 76 43.7%
Know what a blood clot in your leg is or DVT? Yes 55 31.6%
No 119 68.4%
Which of following are signs/symptoms of DVT?a, c
  Swelling of legb 30 54.5%
Itching of leg 11 20.0%
Pain/tenderness in legb 27 49.0%
Noticeable changes in color of legb 16 29.0%
The leg feels warmb 10 18.1%
Leg paralysis 20 36.3%
Other 8 14.5%
Not sure 2 3.6%
Know what a blood clot in your lung or PE? Yes 26 14.9%
  No 148 85.1%
Which of following are signs/symptoms of PE?a, d
  Shortness of breathb 18 69.2%
Slow, shallow breathing 5 19.2%
Chest pain (may be worse with deep breath)b 18 69.2%
Rapid heart rate 7 26.9%
Lightheadedness/passing outb 6 23.0%
Pain radiating down arm 5 19.2%
You cough up bloodb 6 23.0%
You have frequent headaches 4 15.4%
Other 3 11.4%
None of the above 1 3.8%
Which of the following might increase your risk of developing a blood clot?a
  A hospital stayb 49 28.2%
Surgeryb 67 38.5%
Cancerb 47 27.0%
Not moving a long timeb 119 68.4%
Pregnancy/giving birthb 40 23.0%
Using estrogen-based medsb 14 8.0%
Family history of blood clotsb 59 33.9%
Older age (65+)b 72 41.4%
Too much exercise 6 3.4%
High blood cholesterolb 92 52.9%
Donating blood 8 4.6%
High blood pressureb 83 47.7%
Other 24 14.1%
None of the above 2 1.1%
Not sure 41 23.6%
Which of following help prevent a blood clot?a, e Walking/stretching legsb 76 92.7%
Drinking plenty of fluids 37 45.1%
Eating lots of fiber 41 50.0%
Bed rest 11 13.4%
Washing/bathing regularly 27 32.9%
Don’t know 11 13.4%
Other 9 5.2%
  1. N = 174
  2. aMore than one response allowed
  3. bIndicates correct response
  4. cN = 52
  5. dN = 26
  6. eN = 82