New blood-clot prevention advice for C-sections

August 30, 2011 9:27:20 AM PDT
Concerns about blood clots are prompting new advice for pregnant women who face C-sections.

The American College of Obstetricians says doctors should use devices to lower the risk of blood clots during the birthing procedure. C-sections account for nearly a third of U.S. births.

Experts are recommending that doctors use compression devices, such as special inflating boots strapped around the legs. Hospitals already use these devices for other major surgeries.

A woman's risk of deep vein thrombosis, jumps during pregnancy. Compression reduces the chances of DVT, a kind of clot that can masquerade as simple leg pain but can be deadly if it travels to the lungs.

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