Obesity increases risk of pulmonary embolismBMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7081.623j (Published 01 March 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:623
- Jessica Westall
- Clegg scholar, BMJ
The main risk factors for coronary heart disease–obesity, smoking, and hypertension–are also associated with an increased risk of pulmonary embolism in women, according to a large prospective study.
The finding comes from the United States nurses' health study, which has 16 years of follow up data on 112822 female nurses aged 30-55 years (JAMA 1997;277:642-5). Obesity, cigarette …