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Snorers Thrice At Risk of Fatal Blood Clot

by VR Sreeraman on March 30, 2012 at 4:37 PM
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 Snorers Thrice At Risk of Fatal Blood Clot

People who snore are thrice at risk of developing potentially fatal blood clot as compared to non-snorers, new study finds.

Researchers found that patients diagnosed with the snoring-related condition called sleep apnoea were three times as likely to develop a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) as non-snorers, the Daily Express reported.

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A DVT is a blood clot in a vein, usually in the leg, which can break off and cause a life-threatening blockage in the lung, known as a pulmonary embolism.

The condition is usually linked to immobility, such as in patients lying in hospital beds for long periods after surgery or in long-haul airline passengers.
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Although previous studies have suggested sleep apnea may raise the risk of heart attacks, the latest investigation, by a team of researchers in Taiwan, is one of the first to show a link with DVTs.

An estimated three million people in Britain suffer with sleep apnea.

The results of the research are published in the American Journal of Medicine.

Source: ANI
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