20 Feb Blood Clot Risk Elevated for 12 Weeks After Childbirth
MedicalResearch.com: What are the main findings of the study?
Dr. Kamel: The risk of thrombotic events remains higher than normal for twice as long after childbirth as previously thought. However, the absolute risk in any given patient is low, especially after the first 6 weeks.
MedicalResearch.com: Were any of the findings unexpected?
Dr. Kamel: Our hypothesis was that the risk of thrombotic events would be higher than normal beyond 6 weeks, and that is indeed what we found.
MedicalResearch.com: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?
Dr. Kamel: Patients and providers should be aware that thrombotic risk remains elevated until 12 weeks after delivery, so that any symptoms of possible thrombosis (e.g., shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling or pain, sudden neurological symptoms) are evaluated appropriately.
MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?
Dr. Kamel: Our findings suggest that future studies should evaluate the risks and benefits of extended postpartum prophylactic therapy in high-risk women (e.g., those with prior thrombosis).