Features July 2010 Issue

New Device Lowers Post-Surgery Blood Clot Risk

Itís especially helpful for hip surgery patients who must remain flat for an extended period after the operation.

The American Heart Association (AHA) estimates that deep vein thrombosis (DVT)ówhere a blood clot forms in one of the deep veins in the body (typically in the legs)ómay affect as many as two million Americans each year, and the U.S. Surgeon Generalís office suggests that up to 600,000 people require hospital treatment as a result. DVT is especially common after a procedure such as hip surgery, because post-surgical recovery involves lying flat.

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