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Dutch researchers have found that a large number of patients (3.8%) who survive blood clots in the lungs, develop high blood pressure in the pulmonary artery. Pulmonary embolisms often lead to sudden death whereas pulmonary hypertension makes the heart work harder but generally causes no symptoms and is thus often undetected. It’s main symptom is shortness of death. It can be treated by endarterectomy – surgery which removes clots blocking the artery.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Forbes - Health Day News
About: New research shows lung blood clots can lead to pulmonary hypertension
Date: 26 May 2004
Source: Forbes - Health Day News
Author: Ed Edelson
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