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 [...]

Urine Test May Help Spot Dangerous Blood Clots

May 18, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
SUNDAY, May 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Researchers say they’ve created a simple urine test that detects the presence of dangerous blood clots in the lungs more accurately than the current blood test.
The clot typically forms in the leg, where it is called a deep vein thrombosis, but it can break loose [...]

Migraines Linked to Increased Risk of ‘Silent Strokes’

May 15, 2014

THURSDAY, May 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Older people who have migraines may be twice as likely to have “silent strokes,” according to a new study.
Silent strokes are symptomless brain injuries caused by a blood clot that disrupts blood flow to the brain. Researchers cautioned that these brain injuries are a risk factor for [...]


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