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29 August 2011

C-sections linked to deadly blood clots

The risk of thromboembolism - a potentially fatal condition in which blood clots block blood flow causing damage to the organs - is higher during pregnancy, experts warn.

The risk of thromboembolism - a potentially fatal condition in which blood clots block blood flow causing damage to the organs - is higher during pregnancy, experts warn.

VTE in pregnancy usually affects the deep veins of the left leg. Most women who develop clots in their lower legs will experience pain or swelling there, the authors noted.

Pregnancy and blood clots

  • Blood that clots more easily
  • Slower blood flow
  • Compression of pelvic and other veins
  • Decreased mobility.

 
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