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40 year old woman developed a sore leg after a long car drive. The pain worsened but before she could see a doctor she collapsed and died. Pulmonary embolisms are considered to be the 3rd most common cause of death. Causes more deaths than AIDS and breast cancer combined. Experts believe it may contribute to more than 100 000 per year. Can be caused by sitting cramped for a long time eg driving or flying. Can affect young, fit and healthy people. Often starts as a pain in the leg that doesn't go away. Once clot is mobilized, death is imminent.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Newsday
About: Healthy young people can die suddenly from pulmonary embolism
Date: 18 May 2004
Author: Roni Rabin
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