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Hospitals may not do enough about clots

February 1, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
New research shows doctors in the hospital might not be doing enough to prevent life threatening blood clots.Blood clots that travel to the lung are the number one cause of preventable death in the hospital. Risk factors include a history of smoking, obesity and lung diseases like pneumonia.

But in a new study that followed 70,000 patients, researchers say half were at high risk for blood clots, yet they weren't getting the right treatments to reduce that risk.

Experts say those at risk should get blood thinning drugs, and in some cases, they should be using compression stockings to reduce the risk of blood clots.


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