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Infection Linked to Dangerous Blood Clots in Veins and Lungs

(Science Daily) Obesity, smoking and diabetes are among the most common risk factors linked to blood clots. But a new study has identified another big risk that isn't on the list…
Research shows [o]lder adults who get infections of any kind -- such as urinary, skin, or respiratory tract infections -- are nearly three times more likely to be hospitalized for a dangerous blood clot in their deep veins or lungs, University of Michigan Health System research shows.
The most common predictor of hospitalization for venous thromboembolism -- a potentially life-threatening condition that includes both deep-vein and lung blood clots -- was recent exposure to an infection, according to the study.
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