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Trends in DVT Hospitalization Rates in Older Adults

Am J Med; ePub 2018 May 10; Minges, et al

The overall deep vein thrombosis (DVT) hospitalization rate in the US declined from 1999 to 2010, but where highest among black patients, a recent study found. Researchers analyzed Medicare standard analytic files from 2015-2017 to identify Fee-for-Service patients aged ≥65 years who had a principal discharge diagnosis for DVT from 1999 to 2010. DVT hospitalization rates per 100,000 person-years were reported as well as 30-day and 1-year mortality rates. Among the findings:

  • There were 726,423 DVT hospitalizations in Medicare Fee-for-Service during the study period.
  • Among black patients, hospitalizations for DVT increased significantly and rates were the highest among black patients.
  • Both short- and long-term mortality and readmission outcomes remained relatively stable across the study period but women had higher rates than men.
  • Hospital length-of-stay decreased from 6.1 days in 1999 to 5.0 days in 2010.


Minges KE, Bikdeli B, Wang Y, Attaran RR, Krumholz HM. National and regional trends in deep vein thrombosis hospitalization rates, discharge disposition, and outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries. [Published online ahead of print May 10, 2018]. Am J Med. doi:10.1016/j.amjmed.2018.04.033.

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