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Fainting Rarely Tied to Blood Clot, Study Finds

Posted 29 Jan 2018 by

MONDAY, Jan. 29, 2018 – A fainting spell is rarely caused by a blood clot in the lungs, and usually doesn't warrant extensive testing, new research suggests. A study of more than 1.6 million adults treated in the emergency department after fainting – medically known as a "syncope" – found less than 1 percent had a blockage in an artery leading to the lungs, or pulmonary embolism. The ...

Clots May Be the Cause of Fainting in Some Elderly

Posted 19 Oct 2016 by

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 ...

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