ETHA contributes to the EU Non-Communicable Diseases Initiative

The European Thrombosis and Haemostasis Alliance (ETHA) is pleased to have suggested priorities for EU-funded health policy actions to the EU Healthier Together Non-Communicable Diseases Initiative. Our contribution touched on all five strands of the Initiative: health determinants, cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes, and mental health and neurological disorders. Our aim is to highlight the importance of venous thromboembolism (VTE) and stroke due to atrial fibrillation as diseases that have a potentially devastating, lifelong impact on quality of life, and which can frequently be deadly. Additionally, other non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes, can also be risk factors for VTE. 

Our top priority best practice is systematic VTE risk assessment for all patients admitted to hospital in Europe – a life-saving measure that permits preventative treatment for those at the highest risk of developing blood clots. ETHA’s response also collates research on the connections between VTE, atrial fibrillation, and the strands of the Initiative to produce recommendations in all five priority areas. We look forward to continuing to work with the European Institutions and other stakeholders to encourage Europe-wide implementation of best practices on treating and preventing thrombosis.

Click here for further details of the ETHA’s submission to the EU NCD Initiative.