- Women have an increased risk of VTE in pregnancy and post-partum because of normal physiological changes; it is uncommon, but potentially serious.
- There are many risk factors, but previous VTE is the single biggest risk factor.
- DVT is more common than PE; both can occur throughout pregnancy, with the greatest risk post-partum.
- PE shares many clinical features with normal pregnancy and other more common conditions.
- Anticoagulation with LMWH (enoxaparin) is the recommended treatment for VTE; it does not cross the placenta or into breastmilk.
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Keeping LDL-C levels lower throughout life can help substantially reduce CVD risk.1 GPs play an essential role in identifying patients at risk of CVD and managing their treatment.2 This includes prescribing lipid-lowering medicines for people at high risk of CVD.3 Although for most patients, elevated lipids can be assessed and managed effectively by GPs, there are some groups of patients who may benefit from referral to a specialist.4 These include patients whose total cholesterol is more than 7.5mmol/L, patients who fail to show an effective response to second-line treatment and those with familial hypercholesterolaemia.4