VTE assessment

Are you at risk of blood clots?

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a condition where a blood clot forms in a vein. This is most common in a leg vein, where it's known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). A blood clot in the lungs is called pulmonary embolism (PE).


The chance of developing them increases if you're immobile and unwell or need surgery.


Use this tool to check if you're at risk of VTE and find out the simple things you can do to reduce your risk.

Questions

  1. Are you?
    1. male
    2. female
  2. How old are you?

    1. Under 40
    2. Between 40 and 60 (Add 1 points)
      • Your age
    3. Over 60 years old (Add 2 points)
      • Your age
  3. What does your waist measure?

    (Only answer this question if you answered B to question 1)
    1. Less than 88cm (35in)
    2. More than 88 cms (35in) (Add 1 points)
      • Being overweight
    3. Unsure
  4. What does your waist measure? (Only answer this question if you answered A to question 1)
    1. Less than 102cm (40in)
    2. More than 102 cms (40in) (Add 1 points)
      • Being overweight
    3. Unsure
  5. Are you on any of the following medication? (Only answer this question if you answered B to question 1)
    1. Oral contraceptive pill (birth control pill) (Add 1 points)
      • Current medication
    2. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) (Add 1 points)
      • Current medication
    3. I’m not on either of these medications
  6. Have you been diagnosed with any of the following? (You can pick more than one)
    1. Deep vein thrombosis (leg vein clot) (Add 3 points)
      • Having a history of leg vein clots
    2. Pulmonary embolism (lung clot) (Add 3 points)
      • Having a history of lung clots
    3. I haven't been diagnosed with any of these conditions
  7. Has any of your close family (child, mother, father, brother or sister) been diagnosed with the following? (You can pick more than one)
    1. Deep vein thrombosis (leg vein clot) (Add 1 points)
      • Family history of leg vein clots
    2. Pulmonary embolism (lung clot) (Add 1 points)
      • Family history of lung clots
    3. None of my close family members have been diagnosed with these conditions
  8. Have you been diagnosed with any of the following conditions? (You can pick more than one)
    1. Lung disease (Add 1 points)
      • Having chronic lung disease
    2. Inflammatory disease such as ulcerative colitis (Add 1 points)
      • Having an inflammatory disease
    3. Acute infectious disease such as pneumonia (Add 1 points)
      • Having an infectious disease
    4. Sticky blood conditions such as thrombophilia (Add 1 points)
      • Having a sticky blood condition
    5. Lower limb paralysis (Add 1 points)
      • Having lower limb paralysis
    6. Varicose veins (Add 1 points)
      • Having varicose veins
    7. No
  9. Do you have heart disease or have you had a heart attack or stroke in the last six months?
    1. yes (Add 1 points)
      • Having had a heart attack or stroke
    2. no
  10. Are you undergoing treatment for cancer?
    1. yes (Add 1 points)
      • Undergoing cancer treatment
    2. no
  11. Have you had any of the following operations or procedures in the last 12 weeks? (You can pick more than one)
    1. Abdominal or stomach surgery (Add 3 points)
      • Recent abdominal surgery
    2. Pelvic or hip fracture or any major trauma (Add 3 points)
      • Recent pelvic fracture
    3. Major orthopaedic surgery including hip or knee replacement (Add 3 points)
      • Recent orthopaedic surgery
    4. Surgical procedure requiring an overnight stay in hospital (Add 1 points)
      • Recent surgical procedure
    5. Plaster cast on lower leg (Add 1 points)
      • Recent immobilisation of leg
    6. I have had none of these
  12. Are you due to be admitted to hospital for surgery or other treatment?
    1. yes (Add 1 points)
      • Scheduled hospital stay: during your stay, keep active and drink plenty of fluids. If confined to your bed, exercise your leg muscles every 30 minutes
    2. no
  13. Are you pregnant or did you give birth up to 12 weeks ago? (Only answer this question if you answered B to question 1)
    1. yes (Add 1 points)
      • Being pregnant or recent childbirth
    2. no
  14. Do you smoke?
    1. yes (Add 1 points)
      • Smoking
    2. no

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