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Blood Clots After Delivery – How Long is a Woman at Risk?

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Stephan Moll, MD writes… Women are at increased risk for blood clots (DVT, PE, stroke and heart attacks) during pregnancy and in the weeks after delivery.  If the risk is high enough, then preventive blood thinners (anticoagulants) are recommended, such as in a woman with a history of a previous blood clot. Guidelines exist as to which woman should be considered for blood thinners (ACOG 2012 guideline; ref 1).

The period after delivery is a particularly high-risk period for forming blood clots. It has typically been defined as being the 6 weeks after giving birth.  Therefore, if blood thinners are chosen after delivery, they are classically given for 6 weeks.  A study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine (ref 2) examined whether the risk for blood clots is increased only for 6 weeks postpartum or whether the risk persists beyond the first 6 weeks. Read the rest of this entry »

Unexplained Arterial Clots – Causes, Thrombophilia Testing

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Stephan Moll, MD writes…

Arteries are the blood vessels that lead blood away from the heart into the periphery, i.e. to the extremities, the brain, the abdominal and pelvic organs. They deliver oxygen to organs and muscles. Veins lead the blood back to the heart, from where it flows into the lung to take up fresh oxygen. Blood clots in arteries can lead to stroke (so called ischemic stroke), heart attacks, or gangrene of the extremities. Blood clots in veins are called superficial thrombophlebitis, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and pulmonary embolism (PE). Read the rest of this entry »