ANCHOR LEAD: WHY DOES A RECENT STUDY ONLY LOOK AT BLOOD CLOTS IN WOMEN WHO HAVE SURGERY? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Women who have surgery form more clots for much longer after surgery takes place than anyone knew, a recent analysis of a huge database called the Million Women Study concluded. Yet why is such an important issue restricted to women only? Pam Lipsett, a surgeon at Johns Hopkins, speculates.
LIPSETT: Often women are taken out of clinical trials. It may be because of hormonal status or particular gender related physiology that women are at greater risk but I think frankly it’s because women have been underrepresented in large clinical trials or databases previously. :18
Lipsett says implications of the study are broad.
LIPSETT: They only looked at women who were in middle age. Think if this were extended to both genders, if this risk were seen in all patients. This is really an important problem. :12
Lipsett suspects that men, too, would benefit from longer use of anticlotting medications after certain types of surgery. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.