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Study links snoring with blood clots

According to a story in the U.K. newspaper Daily Express, a study found that people who snore are three times more likely to suffer a potentially fatal blood clot.

The study, led by a team of researchers in Taiwan, found that patients diagnosed with the snoring-related condition sleep apnea were three times as likely to develop a deep vein thrombosis – or a blood clot in one of the deeper veins, usually in the leg — as non-snorers. Previous studies have suggested sleep apnea may raise the risk of heart attacks, but this investigation is one of the first to show a link with DVTs.

The report notes that DVT can be deadly if the clot breaks off and travels to the lungs. According to the Daily Express, the condition is usually linked to immobility, such as in patients lying in hospital beds for long periods after surgery or in long-haul airline passengers.

But there are a number of other risk factors for deep vein thrombosis, including pregnancy, a family history of blood clots and use of birth control pills. Though most birth control pills raise the risk of blood clots, a number of studies indicate that pills with the compound drospirenone increase that risk up to three times compared to other oral contraceptives on the market.

Pills with drospirenone include Yasmin, Yaz, Beyaz and Ocella.

Patients should consult their doctors before making any changes in their medication. A consultation with a Beyaz lawyer is also important if there are significant injuries while on Beyaz or similar birth control pills.

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