Recent studies indicate the people with mesothelioma have a heightened risk of having a stroke and developing blood clots, according to scientists at the Ataturk Education, as well as the Research Hospital and Hacettepe University Medical Faculty.
According to to the studies, which researched people with mesothelioma from 2008 to 2014, patients with mesothelioma have a heightened risk of developing thromboembolic events (TEEs). The TEEs happened when the patient had a loose blot clot. The loose blood clot can then can affect vessels in the body by clogging them. Consequently, mesothelioma patients are at risk of a stroke, developing lung blood clots, deep vein thrombosis, heart attack, and death.
A total of 178 mesothelioma patients were studied, all of which have mesothelioma. At least 7.9% of the patients developed TEEs. Two of the patients experienced a heart attack that was sparked by TEEs and the rest developed pulmonary thromboembolism. It’s important to note that the type of mesothelioma the patient had did not affect the development of TEEs. Patients with pleural, peritoneal, and pericardial mesothelioma can all be affected by TEEs. In addition, it doesn’t matter what stage of mesothelioma patient is in. All mesothelioma victims are at risk.
“The rate of TEEs was 7.9%. Presence of thrombocytosis, disease stage, and histopathology did not affect the incidence of TEEs,” said Dr. Deniz Koksal, lead author of the study.
2008 Mesothelioma Study
A different study, published in 2008 in the Annals or Thoracic Surgery, found that mesothelioma patients have a significantly higher rate of developing TEEs when compared to the Turkish story. In fact, there was 27.7% rate of the patients in the study who had TEEs, a score that researchers feel is actually a much lower percentage than the actual amount of people with mesothelioma who develop TEEs.
A total of 378 people were researched in the study. Sixty-five of these patients were from the University of Mexico’s tumor registry, in which their TEEs rates were taken from documented charts from 1973 to 2003. The patients had different types of mesothelioma, including 17 with peritoneal, 35 with pleural, and 1 with pericardial. The patients had 2 arterial clots, 10 deep venous thromboses, 1 pulmonary embolus, and 2 myocardial infarctions.
Certain Medications Help Reduce Risks
Fortunately, certain medications have been found to reduce the risk of both TEEs and blood clots. Heparin and warfarin in particular, which are blood thinner medications, have been shown to help. However, depending on the type of mesothelioma the patient has and the stage of the disease, other medications may be prescribed. It’s important for patients to work closely with their physician who can assist them in determining whether anticoagulant or other types of medication will help reduce the risk of TEEs.
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