Chapter 61. Venous Thromboembolic Disease

  1. Salim Yusuf1,
  2. John A Cairns2,
  3. A John Camm3,
  4. Ernest L Fallen4 and
  5. Bernard J Gersh5
  1. Clive Kearon,
  2. Jeffrey S Ginsberg and
  3. Jack Hirsh

Published Online: 4 OCT 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9780470986882.ch61

Evidence-based Cardiology, Second Edition

Evidence-based Cardiology, Second Edition

How to Cite

Kearon, C., Ginsberg, J. S. and Hirsh, J. (2002) Venous Thromboembolic Disease, in Evidence-based Cardiology, Second Edition (eds S. Yusuf, J. A. Cairns, A. J. Camm, E. L. Fallen and B. J. Gersh), BMJ Books, London, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470986882.ch61

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario Research Chair, Senior Scientist of the Canadian Institute of Health Research, Director of Cardiology and Professor of Medicine, McMaster, University, Hamilton Health Sciences, Hamilton, Canada

  2. 2

    Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

  3. 3

    Professor of Clinical Cardiology and Chief, Department of Cardiological Sciences, St George's Hospital Medical School, London, UK

  4. 4

    Professor Emeritus, McMaster University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Hamilton, Canada

  5. 5

    Consultant in Cardiovascular Diseases and Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic; Professor of Medicine, Mayo Medical School, Rochester, Minnesota, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 OCT 2007
  2. Published Print: 20 NOV 2002

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780727916990

Online ISBN: 9780470986882



  • venous thromboembolic disease;
  • venous ultrasound imaging;
  • magnetic resonance imaging;
  • D-dimer blood testing;
  • ventilation-perfusion lung scanning


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Pathogenesis of VTE

  • Prevalence and natural history of VTE

  • Diagnosis of VTE

  • Prevention of VTE (Box 61.6)

  • Treatment of VTE

  • The future