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National and Regional Trends in Deep Vein Thrombosis Hospitalization Rates, Discharge Disposition, and Outcomes for Medicare Beneficiaries

Older adults are at increased risk of developing deep vein thrombosis. Little is known about national trends of deep vein thrombosis hospitalizations in the context of primary and secondary prevention efforts. Methods Medicare standard analytic files were analyzed from 2015-2017 to identify Fee-For-Service patients aged ≥65 years who had a principal discharge diagnosis for deep […]

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Joseph S. Alpert, MD

Despite Advances, DVT Rates Remain High (video)

Despite advances in identification, prophylaxis, and treatment between 1985 and 2009, the annual event rate of venous thromboembolism has increased and remains high. Read new research in the October 2014 issue of The American Journal of Medicine.

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Too Many Clots for Comfort

In instances of rare disease, clinical suspicion plays a critical role in preventing delays in diagnosis that can lead to unwanted complications and disease progression. A 41-year-old woman presented to an outside medical facility with 4 days of progressive dry cough, fever of 101°F, fatigue, myalgias, and mild exertional dyspnea. After a chest x-ray showed […]

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Statins Decrease the Occurrence of Venous Thromboembolism in Patients with Cancer

In addition to cholesterol-lowering effect, statins exhibit anti-thrombotic and anti-inflammatory properties, which may affect coagulation cascade. In cancer patients, the use of statins decreased the odds of developing venous thromboembolism, when compared with non-statins users. Abstract Background Recent data suggest a reduction in the occurrence of venous thromboembolism in select groups of patients who use […]

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