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If you have a VTE, your chance of having a recurrence is higher than someone who has never had one.

The risk of recurrence is:

  • About 3% a year in people who no longer have risk factors for VTE (e.g. have recovered from surgery or who no longer travel long-haul)
  • About 10% a year or more, in people who still have risk factors (e.g. cancer or inherited disorder) or whose cause of VTE was unknown.

The risk of recurrence will vary for each person based upon individual risk factors.

As early detection is important for reducing risk, recognising the signs and symptoms of a new or recurrent VTE and getting prompt treatment are vital.

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