- hip replacement
- knee surgery
- pelvic surgery (gynecological procedures, hernia repair, etc.)
- recent surgery (within the last month)
- any surgery longer than 4 hours
- cesarean section (any form of childbirth increases risk, but particularly cesarean section)
- implantation of a pacemaker
Regan Holdridge, MD
- internal medicine
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- Anthem/HMO Nevada (BC/BS)
- Boulder City Hospital
- Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center
- MountainView Hospital
- North Vista Hospital
- Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center
- Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center
- St Rose Dominican Hospitals, Rose de Lima Campus
- St Rose Dominican Hospitals, Siena Campus
- Summerlin Hospital Medical Center
- Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center
- Valley Hospital Medical Center
What surgeries can cause blood clots?
RealAge answeredWhen the body experiences major tissue damage, this can increase the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) because trauma to tissues triggers the blood clotting mechanism. Surgical procedures that increase DVT risk:
Can I donate blood if I have hepatitis?
American Red Cross answered
If you have had hepatitis (inflammation of the liver) caused by a virus, or unexplained jaundice (yellow discoloration of the skin), since age 11, you are not eligible to donate blood. This includes those who have had hepatitis with Cytomegalovirus (CMV), or Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV), the virus that causes Mononucleosis.
It is acceptable to donate blood if you have had jaundice or hepatitis caused by something other than a viral infection, for example: medications, Gilbert’s disease, bile duct obstruction, alcohol, gallstones or trauma to the liver.
If you have ever tested positive for hepatitis B or hepatitis C, at any age, you are not eligible to donate, even if you were never sick or jaundiced from the infection.
Guidelines on eligibility to give blood change from time to time. The most up-to-date eligibility information can be obtained by contacting the American Red Cross blood center nearest you.
How can a blood clot cause a heart attack?
Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredTo understand blood clots, you have to understand platelets, or blood cells that look like rumpled sheets from an unmade bed.
Platelets form blood clots when they land on top of irritated, inflamed plaque. Although the platelets are trying to ease the inflammation, they only cause more, which brings even more platelets. These platelets pile up until they fill the entire artery, which will cut the heart off from its blood supply.
Platelets do good work if you nick yourself with a razor. They're nice and calm until they come up against something rough. When they do hit that rough patch, they degranulate and grab on to the lining like it's a life preserver. If the roughness is a cut in the skin, you're glad they arrived on the scene because they're there to make a clot at the end of the blood vessel, which helps you stop bleeding.
But if that rough patch is on the inside of an artery that's been plastered over with cholesterol, then these platelets can pile up until they fill the entire artery. That can cut the heart off from its blood supply. When that happens, you're in a world of trouble.
Why? Blood clots are like party guests. Sometimes they mingle; sometimes they plant in one place and block all the other guests who are trying to get into the kitchen. Sometimes a clot that's been at one party may wander down your arteries looking for a more happening scene. Like stealing your father's car, it's a thrill-seeking romp that could prove deadly. That clot may catch up to another group of party guests in an even smaller space and get completely stuck so your blood can't even get through the door. If those guests are partying in a vital area, all the festivities can be over for good-and in a hurry. That's a heart attack.
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