Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Chenney blood cot could be fatal

Doctors discovered a blood cot in Vice President Dick Chenney’s leg that could be fatal if not treated.

The 66-year-old Cheney, who has a history of heart problems, will be treated with blood-thinning medication for several months, said spokeswoman Lea Anne McBride.

She said Cheney visited his doctor's office in Washington after feeling minor discomfort in his calf. An ultrasound showed the blood clot — called a deep venous thrombosis — in his left lower leg.

Blood clots that form deep in the legs can become killers if they break off and float into the lungs. This is called a pulmonary embolism. Deep vein thrombosis strikes an estimated 2 million Americans each year, killing 60,000.

Doctors initially treat DVT patients with an anticoagulant medicine called “heparin” – it’s likely that he’ll be grounded for a while as well. 


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