C-sections might double blood clot risk

August 26, 2011

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that all women having c-sections wear inflatable compression devices on their legs at the time of delivery to prevent clots from forming.

In more risky cases, the group also advises that women receive anti-clotting medications.

Venous thromboembolism in pregnancy usually affects the deep veins of the left leg But those clots could also travel to the lungs resulting in a pulmonary embolism.

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