About this information

NICE guidelines provide advice on the care and support that should be offered to people who use health and care services.

This information explains the advice about venous thromboembolic diseases that is set out in NICE guideline CG144.

This is an update of advice on venous thromboembolic diseases that NICE produced in 2012. There is new advice on medicines and compression stockings for people with deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.

Does this information apply to me?

Yes, if you:

  • are an adult (agedĀ 18 and over) who has or who might have deep vein thrombosis or a pulmonary embolism

  • are a parent, sibling or child of someone who has an inherited venous thromboembolic disease.

No, if you are pregnant.

NICE has produced separate advice on reducing the risk of venous thromboembolism in patients admitted to hospital.

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