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Progestin-only Contraceptives and Blood Clots

| Clotting disorder - thrombophilia, Deep vein thrombosis (DVT), Pulmonary embolism, Women and blood clots | 4 Comments »


It is well known that combination contraceptives (containing estrogens AND progestins) increase the risk for blood clots (venous thromboembolism = VTE). Relatively few data, however, have been published on progestin-only contraceptives, so that until recently it has not been clear whether they increase the risk for VTE or not. Read the rest of this entry »

EINSTEIN Xarelto Clinical Studies

| Blood thinners (anticoagulants), Deep vein thrombosis (DVT), Xarelto - Rivaroxaban | 1 Comment »


A major study published in December 2010 in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) shows that the new oral “blood thinner” Xarelto® (=Rivaroxaban) is (a) as safe and effective as warfarin in patients with acute deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and (b) is quite effective in preventing recurrent blood clots (DVT and pulmonary embolism=PE) if taken longer-term, Read the rest of this entry »

May-Thurner Syndrome

| Anatomy, Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) | 18 Comments »


Some people have a narrowing of their big left pelvic vein (= left common iliac vein) that can put them at risk for a blood clot (deep vein thrombosis = DVT) in that area and in the left leg. The narrowing is due to pressure onto the vein by the overlying big pelvic artery (= right common iliac artery), shown on image 1 . This condition is called May Thurner syndrome. Read the rest of this entry »