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If an elderly person breaks a hip then develops a blood clot in the lungs, how would a blood thinner save his life?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: 2nd clot

If that person lives long enough to start a blood thinner (ie, they don't immediately die with the first blood clot), the issue becomes preventing a second, fatal clot.
That's where treatment with blood thinners are important: preventing the second, fatal clot. Moreover, the first clot will gradually dissolve on blood thinners over time.

In brief: 2nd clot

If that person lives long enough to start a blood thinner (ie, they don't immediately die with the first blood clot), the issue becomes preventing a second, fatal clot.
That's where treatment with blood thinners are important: preventing the second, fatal clot. Moreover, the first clot will gradually dissolve on blood thinners over time.
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