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03 August 2011

Clot risk on the Pill

Women who use the standard form of birth control pill may have a much higher than average risk of dangerous blood clots if they also have a vein malformation.

Women who use the standard form of birth control pill may have a much higher than average risk of dangerous blood clots if they also have a vein malformation seen in a quarter of the population, California researchers say.

Sometimes known as "economy class syndrome", a deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot - often formed in veins of the lower legs – which is potentially dangerous because it can travel to the heart and lungs and cause serious harm.

 
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