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High-concentration peroxide in alternative medicine linked to deadly blood clots

Consuming high-concentration peroxide for natural healing in alternative medicine has been linked to serious and life threatening blood clots, according to a study published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. High-concentration peroxide is sold online and in some retail stores as a natural remedy for conditions ranging from cancer and emphysema, to diabetes and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). But taken orally, high-concentration peroxide can be deadly, researchers found. Benjamin W. Hatten, MD, MPH, and colleagues set out to characterize the high-concentration peroxide ingestion cases reported to U.S. poison centers, and examine whether treatment with hyperbaric oxygen and use of routine ... Read More

Study: Testosterone replacement therapy ups blood clot risk as much as 63 percent

Men who use testosterone replacement therapy have a 63 percent increased risk of developing a life-threatening blood clot in a vein, and the risk peaks rapidly during the first six months of use, according to a study led by Dr. Carlos Martinez of the Institute for Epidemiology, Statistics and Informatics in Frankfurt, Germany. Blood clots in the veins, a condition known as venous thromboembolism (VTE), is serious. The clot can travel to the heart and cause a heart attack, to the brain and cause stroke, or to the lungs, a condition known as pulmonary embolism. All of these blood clot-related problems ... Read More

Health Officials Issue Alert to Patients About the Risks of IVC Filters

Newfoundland health officials are currently warning patients about the health risks of inferior vena cava (IVC) filters after Health Canada issued an alert regarding the device’s high failure rate. Health Canada’s alert was issued last July after receiving 121 reports of adverse complications such as migrating, tilting, fracture, perforation of organs, and death if the device is left in for more than 30 days. Canada health officials are suggesting that doctors should use clinical studies as a means to collect information to determine the long-term care a patient with this device may need. Both Western and Eastern Health of Newfoundland have identified ... Read More

New Technique for Removing IVC Filters Shows 100 percent Removal Rate

Complications have been found to arise when both temporary and permanent blood clot filters are left in longer than three to six months. Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are a cage-like device implanted in the largest vein in the body. Its purpose is to catch blood clots before they reach the heart or lungs. But filters have been under scrutiny in the last year for their high rates of failure. Reported complications include the legs of the filter fracturing and traveling through the body, heart and/or lungs. Other complications reported include abdominal pain, tilting of the filter, and the filter ... Read More

Blood clot risk with testosterone treatment highest during first six months of use

For men using testosterone replacement therapy, the risk of developing a potentially life threatening blood clot in the veins peaks within six months after starting treatment, according to a study published recently in the British Medical Journal. The case-controlled study involved more than 2.2 million men in the United Kingdom. Researchers found that men using testosterone supplements had a 63 percent increased risk of blood clots in the veins, or venous thromboembolism (VTE), in the first six months. The risk began to drop after six months of use and after treatment cessation. Researchers said further research was needed to confirm ... Read More

IVC Filter Removal Made Easier by Laser-Assisted Technology

Each year, more than 250,000 inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are implanted in the U.S. alone. Because of the high rate of failure of these devices, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued two safety alerts regarding the removal of the devices, and guidelines on how to care for patients who have received them. The majority of IVC filters are placed temporarily, and are designed to be used for only a short amount of time. But if they are not removed once they are no longer necessary, the filter may migrate, fracture, perforate the vein or actually cause blood ... Read More

IVC Filter related Injuries and Deaths Could Be Prevented with Follow Up Care

Blood clots can be deadly, especially when you’re at risk of deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism. Blood-thinning drugs are often used to prevent blood clots for people at high risk. However, many are unable to take anticoagulation medication. For those, doctors often place a tiny filter inside the inferior vena cava (IVC) to catch blood clots, preventing them from reaching the heart or lungs. These filters – called IVC filters – are placed with the best of intentions, but the devices have been linked to dangerous risks all on their own. Those risks get exponentially greater if the filter is left ... Read More

Non-Removal of IVC Filter Could Lead to IVC Thrombosis

According to a recent report in MedPage Today, clinicians advise that placing inferior vena cava (IVC)  filters without scheduling plans for removal is likely responsible for the increasing number of IVC thrombosis cases. The inferior vena cava is the largest vein in the body, and an IVC filter is a cage-like device implanted in that vein. Its purpose is to catch blood clots, preventing them from reaching the heart or lungs, particularly in patients that cannot take anticoagulation medication. Retrievable IVC models are meant to be temporary, and the FDA recommends retrieval between 29 and 54 days after insertion. However, the retrievable IVC filters have a tendency to fracture, ... Read More

A Large Percentage of Retrievable IVC Filters had No Retrieval Date Set

In a study conducted at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center from 2001-2006, patients who received a retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filter were tracked for potential plans to retrieve the filter. IVC filters are cage-like devices that are implanted in the largest vein of the body. Their purpose is to catch blood clots, preventing them from reaching the heart or lungs, particularly in patients that cannot take anticoagulation medication. Retrievable IVC filters are different than permanent filters. The permanent filters are strong and intended to be left in the body for years. But retrievable filters are meant ... Read More

Updated blood clot warning added to Ortho-Cept birth control pills

The birth control pill Ortho-Cept has updated its safety label to include new warnings regarding blood clots in the veins and other vascular problems. Ortho-Cept is an oral hormonal contraceptive that combines the progestin desogestrel and the estrogen ethyl estradiol. It is common knowledge that birth control pills can increase the risk for blood clots. The new warnings added to Ortho-Cept state that the risk of suffering a blood clot condition known as venous thromboembolism (VTE) while taking the pills is highest in the first year of use and when restarting hormonal contraception after a break of four weeks or ... Read More