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  1. Obesity and DVT

    Being obese makes you more likely than people of normal weight to get a blood clot deep in a vein. The primary danger of this deep-vein thrombosis, or DVT, is that the clot, usually in the leg, can dislodge and travel to the lungs, causing a serious blockage known as a pulmonary embolism, or PE. Doc

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  2. 10 Questions You Should Ask Your Doctor About DVT

    DVT stands for deep vein thrombosis, a blood clot in one of the body’s deep veins, usually deep within the leg. The biggest danger of DVT is that part of the clot could break off and travel to the lungs, where it can cause a blockage known as a pulmonary embolism, or PE, says Marc Passman, director

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  3. 17 Tips for Using Blood Thinners When You Have DVT

    Blood thinners can save your life when you have DVT. They all have pluses and minuses, talk to your doctor about which one is right for you. The most commonly used blood thinner is warfarin. It’s also known by its brand name, Coumadin. It needs a lot of monitoring by your doctor to make sure you're

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  4. DVT: Dangers and Complications

    If you’ve had DVT, there are ways to make sure you don’t have complications from it. The greatest danger from DVT is that the clot will break loose from the vein, travel through the bloodstream, and damage an organ. “The place it gets stuck most commonly is the lungs, and that’s called a pulmonary e

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  5. Understanding DVT: An Overview

    A deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot in a vein deep in your body. Usually it's in a lower leg, thigh, pelvis, or arm. There aren't always symptoms. If there are, they usually include swelling and sometimes pain and tenderness. “Typically, a person calls saying, ‘I’ve had three or four days o

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  6. Pricey New Blood Thinner May Be Safer for Leg Clots

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 1 (HealthDay News) -- The new pill Eliquis prevents dangerous blood clots in the legs and lungs as well as standard therapy, though with less risk of serious bleeding, a new study shows. The research, published online July 1 in the New England Journa

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  7. New Guidelines Debunk 'Economy Class Syndrome'

    Feb. 7, 2012 -- New guidelines debunk evidence to support the existence of an “economy class syndrome” -- the idea that passengers in the cheaper seats with the least leg room have an elevated risk for developing deep-vein blood clots. Likewise, the guideline committee concluded that there is “no de

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  8. Aspirin May Reduce Risk of Repeat Blood Clots

    Dec. 15, 2011 -- A low dose of daily aspirin, taken after completing six to 12 months of anti-clotting drug treatment, may help prevent the recurrence of deadly blood clots, a new study shows. One doctor went so far as to call the preliminary study a potential “game changer.” The clots, known as ven

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  9. Sibling History of Blood Clots May Raise Your Risk

    Aug. 8, 2011 -- People with more than one sibling who have had potentially life-threatening blood clots have a 50-fold increase in risk for the condition, a new study shows. Researchers in Sweden used a nationwide hospitalization registry to explore the influence of family risk, as determined by sib

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  10. Being Tall, Obese May Boost Risk of Blood Clots

    April 28, 2011 -- Being tall and obese boosts the risk of blood clots, especially in men, according to new research. Obesity has long been linked with dangerous blood clots in the deep veins, usually in the legs, and with blood clots in the lungs, known as pulmonary embolisms. More recently, experts

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