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'Pill to stop blood clots'

A daily pill could save thousands of lives by preventing blood clots from developing after hip surgery, reports the Daily Telegraph.

A daily pill could save thousands of lives by preventing blood clots from developing after hip surgery, reports the Daily Telegraph.

The source

A study published in The Lancet claims dabigatran taken once a day for 33 days is as effective as the current treatment – a heparin injection – in preventing blood clots after hip replacement surgery.

Expert view

Dr Beverly Hunt, medical director of thrombosis charity Lifeblood, said: ‘The risk of venous thromboembolism after hip surgery is 50-60% if an anticoagulant is not used. This study shows dabigatran once daily is as effective at reducing the risk as subcutaneous heparin, the gold standard. Patients can take it without help.'

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