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Flying may increase risk of venous thromboembolism

Posted on June 20th, 2012 No Comments

Summer is here, and with it come vacations. In light of the season’s increased rates of air travel, the American College of Chest Physicians has released guidelines to help travelers reduce their risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

Deep vein thrombosis occurs when a blood clot forms in a deep vein, normally in the legs or pelvis. It can be asymptomatic, but might cause swelling or discomfort. It is dangerous because if the clot becomes loose, it may be caught in the blood vessels in the lungs, causing a serious condition called a pulmonary embolism. When DVT leads to pulmonary embolism, it is referred to as venous thromboembolism.

Frequently flying can increase a person’s risk for DVT. The American College of Chest Physicians does not believe that having more in-flight legroom necessarily reduces the risk. It believes that people who have window seats are at higher risk because they are less likely to get up during the flight.

Certain oral contraceptives such as Yasmin, YAZ, and Ocella are also associated with a serious risk of pulmonary embolism. If you have used one of these birth control methods and since suffered one of their life-threatening side effects, contact the birth control lawsuit attorneys of Williams Hart at  800-761-3187.

Deep vein thrombosis risk may be higher in people with sleep apnea

Posted on June 15th, 2012 No Comments

A study conducted by researchers in Taiwan suggests that people who have sleep apnea are at a higher risk of developing deep vein thrombosis.

The seven-year study examined more than 10,000 people, of which about half had sleep apnea.

During the study, 40 cases of deep vein thrombosis were diagnosed. Three quarters of them were in the sleep apnea group. This suggests that people with the condition are three times as likely to suffer these dangerous blood clots.

Like sleep apnea, certain oral contraceptives can increase a person’s chances of having a deep vein thrombosis. If you have taken Yasmin and suffered from its dangerous side effects, contact the Yasmin birth control lawsuit attorneys of Williams Hart at 800-761-3187.

Cardiologists remove foot-long blood clot from woman

Posted on May 24th, 2012 No Comments

An Arkansas woman underwent the first successful complete clot removal of its kind in Texas earlier this week.

The 82-year-old woman had a 12-inch long blood clot  lodged in her heart. She was flown from Texarkana to Plaza Medical Center in Fort Worth, where doctors performed a percutaneous heart clot removal using a new technology called the AngioVac.

The AngioVac is a noninvasive tool that is designed to remove these types of clots without open heart surgery.

Blood clots can happen for a wide variety of reasons. Certain oral contraceptives such as Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella have been shown to increase a woman’s chances of developing dangerous blood clots. If you have taken these birth control products and suffered a blood clot, contact the Yasmin birth control lawsuit attorneys of Williams Hart at 800-761-3187.

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