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Higher risk of blood clots in obese

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Latest Health News | Wednesday April 18 2012 12:03

Higher risk of blood clots in obese

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A major international study has found overweight and obese middle-aged women are at much higher risk of developing potentially fatal blood clots than women who are a healthy weight.

The research has been completed by the Universities of Otago and Oxford and published in this week's edition of the US journal Circulation.

Researchers linked questionnaire data from a cohort of more than a million UK women with their hospital admission and death records, to examine the risk of venous thromboembolism in relation to body mass index.

Otago University's Dr Lianne Parkin says the findings show heavier women are more likely to have surgery, and they are more likely to develop blood clots following that surgery.

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