Obesity increases risk of pulmonary embolism

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 01 March 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:623
  1. Jessica Westall
  1. 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 …

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