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Clinton Clot Confusion: Mystery Solved and Lessons Learned (I Assume)

Normal veins in the brain. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH The Clintons confused me this week. Oh, it’s not the first time, but this time it was Secretary Hillary and her blood clot in her brain. Well, it wasn’t really in her brain. It was … you’ll see. […]

By | January 8th, 2013|General|16 Comments

When Every Breath Hurts: What to Do

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Breathing is so natural, so automatic. The only time we notice it is if we’re not getting enough oxygen or it’s painful to breathe (or if you start thinking about it, like you are right now). If breathing is painful, we start holding our breath or breathing less deeply, which makes us want to breathe even more. If this happens to you and you can’t get medical help, you’ll want to know how to stop this cycle. There are some simple things that can help, but in the end, professional treatment may be the only thing that fixes it. Depending on the cause, you may need quick treatment for more than just painful breathing anyway. […]

By | November 20th, 2012|Infectious Disease|121 Comments

Can a Bruise Cause a Serious Blood Clot?

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. I see this fairly often. Someone comes in with a whopper of a bruise, maybe with a lump, and they’re afraid it’s a blood clot. In a disaster situation, you’re likely to get some bruises, but you won’t be able to come see me. Should you worry? In short, probably not. You do have clotted blood, but there are blood clots and there “blood clots.” In fact, if your blood doesn’t clot, you could bleed to death. Bruise-related clotting happens in tissue outside the blood vessels. That’s where the bleeding occurred. What you’re really worried about is a deep-vein thrombosis (DVT)—a clot that forms inside a deep-in-the-tissue vein and can break off and travel to the lungs. DVTs are different, serious, and sometimes lethal. So a bruise isn’t a serious blood clot. However, can a bruise cause a serious blood clot? No, but the hit that caused the bruise can—though that’s rare. […]

By | February 21st, 2012|Other Wounds|298 Comments