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Research highlights new approaches to prevent blood clots
Date:12/6/2008

ward in finding ways to eliminate this preventable leading cause of death."

Certain conditions can elevate a person's risk of clotting, including atrial fibrillation (an abnormal heart rhythm), previous heart attack, long periods of inactivity, some medications, and genetic or disease-related factors. Treatment typically consists of anticoagulants that help prevent clots from forming, medications that dissolve blood clots, catheter-directed thrombolysis (a surgical procedure where clot-dissolving medication is directed toward the blood clot), and thrombectomy, the surgical removal of a blood clot. Recognizing the deadly impact blood-clotting disorders have on millions of Americans every year, the American Society of Hematology has developed a new resource, www.bloodthevitalconnection.org, to help educate the public about these and other common blood diseases.

A Randomized Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Study on Nadroparin for Prophylaxis of Thromboembolic Events in Cancer Patients Receiving Chemotherapy: The PROTECHT Study [Abstract #6]
Giancarlo Agnelli, MD, University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy

This study is the largest to determine that the preventive use of an antithrombotic medication can reduce the incidence of thromboembolic events in patients with cancer. It is well known that patients with cancer who receive chemotherapy are at high risk for developing deadly blood clots, but few large studies have confirmed whether the preventive use of a blood-thinning medication can reduce these events.

This multicenter, placebo-controlled, clinical outcome-based study was designed to evaluate the efficacy of nadroparin, a low-molecular-weight heparin, for the preventive treatment of thromboembolic events in cancer patients receiving chemotherapy. The primary outcome of the study was the combined occurrence of clinically overt venous or arteri
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Contact: Laura Stark
lstark@hematology.org
415-978-3505
American Society of Hematology
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