Blood Clots in the Lungs

Blood clots in the lungs are very serious and can lead to sudden death.

The Journal of the American Medical Association reports a study of some of the causes of this condition in a population of 112,000 female nurses.

The results show that those who had high blood pressure or who smoked more than a pack of cigarettes a day had almost twice the rate of blood clots compared to controls; and those who were overweight had up to three times the risk of this problem depending on how much excess weight they had.

Clearly these factors should be kept under control as much as possible to prevent this very serious disease.

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