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Doctors agree that blood clots after knee surgery are a serious problem. This is a real concern with total knee replacements. Preventing blood clot formation, medically known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), is paramount. Blood clots can break off and travel to the lungs or brain causing death or stroke. The best way to prevent DVT remains uncertain. DVT can occur right away, so drugs to prevent clotting are used during and after the operation. Other measures are also taken. For example, leg pumps placed over the legs apply pressure on and off after surgery. This keeps the blood moving through the veins back to the heart. Early physical therapy to get the patient up and moving is also advised. This study looked at the effectiveness of using every way possible to prevent DVT. Should prevention begin before the operation or only after a clot occurs? Do all clots have to be treated? These researchers believe that DVT can occur at the time of the operation, confirming that measures to prevent...
Blood clots are scary. Sometimes you don't even know there are there, until it's too late. That was the case for me. I was going along, living life, feeling fine, and then suddenly I couldn't move my arm or talk. It happened that quickly. One second I was fine, the next, I was not.
When I got to the emergency room back in August 2001, doctors thought I had Bells Palsy. Deep down, I knew they were wrong. Deep down, I knew I was having a stroke , but didn't want to believe it. I was relieved for a moment by thinking I could go home and this would all go away. I'm glad I didn't. Finally, a neurologist examined me and told me what I feared - I was having a stroke.
Once I was rolled back into radiology, the doctors found the blood clot behind my left ear. It's amazing it didn't make it to my brain, but it was still killing my brain cells every second it was there. Since I got to the hospital within three hours of my initial symptoms , I was a candidate for tPa , a clot-busting tr...
I feel like I’m in a no-win situation. I talked last time about pregnancy and the dangers of my blood thinning medication, Coumadin, on a newborn baby. The fact is, I’m also worried about the effect pregnancy could have on me.
My doctor said I had abnormally thick blood. That coupled with the birth control pills I was taking, caused the blood clot behind my left ear, resulting in my stroke . I obviously cannot take birth pills anymore, so I wonder why would I risk my health and become pregnant. I mean birth control pills basically trick your body into thinking it’s pregnant.
The risk of stroke is actually lower while on the pill than being pregnant. In fact, there is a very slight risk of developing blood clots in the legs, but much less than the risk during pregnancy. Among women who do not take the pill, 5 per 100,000 women per year develop blood clots. Among women who do take the pill, the risk slightly increases to 15-20 per 100,000 women per year. For women who are pregna...
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