Study: Aspirin Might Work Instead of Warfarin for Deep Vein Clots

August 26, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Aspirin may offer an alternative for people who’ve had blood clots in the deep veins of the legs and can’t tolerate long-term use of blood thinners, according to Australian researchers.
The condition, called deep vein thrombosis (DVT), can be life-threatening if clots break loose, travel to [...]

Could Chiropractic Manipulation of Your Neck Trigger a Stroke?

August 7, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Getting your neck adjusted by a chiropractor or osteopathic doctor may be associated with an increased risk of stroke, according to a scientific statement released Thursday by the American Heart Association.
The energetic thrusts and rotations sometimes used in neck manipulation may cause a small tear [...]

Preemies May Have Higher Risk of Blood Clots, Even as Adults

July 28, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Babies born prematurely appear to have a slightly increased risk of potentially fatal blood clots that they will carry into adulthood, Swedish researchers report.
Doctors have previously suspected that babies born earlier than 37 weeks’ gestation have a raised risk of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary [...]

Study Casts Doubt on Costly Treatment for Leg Clots

July 22, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Two treatments that break up blood clots deep in the veins of the legs appear no different in terms of death risk. However, one results in a greater risk of bleeding and average hospitalization bills that are three times the cost of the other treatment, [...]

Scientists Discover New Way to Make Human Platelets

July 21, 2014

MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Scientists report they have discovered a new way to make fully functional human platelets, which are the blood cells that form clots.
Using human stem cells and a device called a bioreactor, which mimics the body’s natural way of producing blood cells but on a larger scale, the researchers [...]

Blood Thinners May Not Be Needed for Kids’ Back Surgery

July 15, 2014

TUESDAY, July 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Most children who have spinal surgery don’t require anti-clotting drugs because blood clots occur so rarely in these procedures, a new study says.
Instead of the risky and costly blood-thinning drugs, close monitoring after surgery is enough for most of these patients, according to the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center [...]

Cervical Cancer Vaccine Doesn’t Boost Clot Risk: Study

July 8, 2014

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, July 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Concerns that the human papillomavirus vaccine may increase the risk of serious blood clots seem unfounded, a new study says.
The study of half a million Danish women who received the HPV vaccine, which protects against cervical cancer and other health problems, found no link between [...]

Pros, Cons to Dissolving Lung Clots: Study

June 17, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, June 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Drugs used to break up blood clots in the lungs may lower the risk of death, but they also increase the risk of bleeding, a new study finds.
Researchers analyzed data from 16 trials involving use of clot-busting drugs called thrombolytics to treat life-threatening clots [...]

Implanted Defibrillators May Help Patients With Moderate Heart Failure

June 3, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, June 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People with moderate heart failure may live longer with an implanted defibrillator, researchers report.
A normal heart’s pumping ability — called ejection fraction — is 50 percent to 70 percent. An ejection fraction below 50 percent signals the possible beginnings of heart failure, according to the [...]

Many Delay Blood Thinners After Stent Placement, Risking Death

May 28, 2014

By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, May 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Many patients undergoing coronary stent placement don’t fill their prescription for vital blood-thinning medication within the recommended time frame, a lapse leaving them much more likely to die within a month, new research suggests.
Researchers found that 30 percent of stent patients neglect to start taking [...]


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