Danish study reveals blood clot link to infection

March 18th, 2014

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Danish researchers involved in world’s largest study of correlation between blood poisoning and risk of blood clots

A recently published Danish study reveals that anyone admitted to hospital with an infection now have an added challenge: an increased risk of suffering a blood clot.

“We have followed more than 4,000 people who have been admitted with blood poisoning," Michael Dalager-Pedersen, a PhD student at Aarhus University and registrar at Aalborg University Hospital, told the Aarhus University website.

The patients used in the study, which took place over a period of 19 years, all came from Region Nordjylland.

“The study shows that the risk of suffering a blood clot in either the brain or the heart is twice as high for patients with blood poisoning in relation to other patients who are also admitted with acute illnesses," continued Dalager-Pedersen.

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Doctors have welcomed the findings.

“The new knowledge can be used by doctors to increase focus on this patient group so they can begin relevant treatment quicker,” explained Reimar Wernich Thomsen from the Department of Clinical Epidemiology at Aarhus University to the Aarhus University website.

The study, which was published in medical journal Circulation, shows that the risk of a a patient with blood poisoning developing a blood clot was highest in the first 30 days after infection.

Around 10,000 Danes are admitted to hospital every year with blood poisoning, and a further 3,000 become infected while in hospital..




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