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Posted 19 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19, 2016 – When elderly adults suffer a fainting spell, a blood clot in the lungs may be the culprit more often than doctors have realized, a new study suggests. Italian researchers found that among 560 patients hospitalized for a first-time fainting episode, one in six had a pulmonary embolism – a potentially fatal blood clot in a lung artery. One U.S. physician said the findings are eye-opening. They do not mean that everyone who faints needs to be evaluated for pulmonary embolism, stressed Dr. Lisa Moores, a professor of medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. But the condition should be on doctors' radar with certain patients, according to Moores, who is also with the American College of Chest Physicians. She wasn't involved in the study. "Pulmonary embolism may be a much more common cause than we've thought," she said. ... Read more