New Research Supports Elevated Blood Clot Risk in Mesothelioma Patients, According to Surviving Mesothelioma

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A new Turkish study is the latest to find that some mesothelioma patients are prone to strokes, heart attacks and other serious problems caused by a higher incidence of blood clots.

Mesothelioma Patients and Blood Clot Risk

Blood Clot Risk in Mesothelioma Patients

This study is just the latest to highlight the increased risk of blood clot-related health problems in people with mesothelioma.

Researchers in Ankara, Turkey say close to 8 percent of mesothelioma patients they studied experienced serious health problems as a result of blood clots. Surviving Mesothelioma has just posted an article on the research. Click here to read it now.

Scientists at the Ataturk Education and Research Hospital and the Hacettepe University Medical Faculty studied the health records of 178 mesothelioma patients for evidence of blood clot-related thromboembolic events (TEEs) such as stroke, heart attack, and deep vein thrombosis.

“The rate of TEEs was 7.9%. Presence of thrombocytosis, disease stage, and histopathology did not affect the incidence of TEEs,” reports lead author Dr. Deniz Koksal.

In other words, according to the study in Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/Hemostasis, mesothelioma patients face the same elevated risk for TEEs regardless of what type of mesothelioma they have, how advanced it is, or even whether they have a another condition (thrombocytosis) that increases TEE risk.

“This study is just the latest to highlight the increased risk of blood clot-related health problems in people with mesothelioma,” says Alex Strauss, Managing Editor of Surviving Mesothelioma. “Patients and their families should be aware of this risk in order to evaluate with their doctors whether a blood thinner might be warranted.”

To read more about the findings from this and a previous TEE/mesothelioma study, see Mesothelioma Patients May Need Medication to Reduce Clot Risk, now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.

Koksal, D, et al, “Thromboembolic Events in malignant Pleural Mesothelioma”, December 18, 2014, Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/Hemostasis, Epub ahead of print,

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