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Myocardial Infarction and Deep-vein Thrombosis

Br Med J 1971; 1 doi: (Published 20 February 1971) Cite this as: Br Med J 1971;1:432
  1. A. N. Nicolaides,
  2. V. V. Kakkar,
  3. J. T. G. Renney,
  4. P. H. Kidner,
  5. D. C. S. Hutchinson,
  6. M. B. Clarke


    In a study of 52 patients admitted into the coronary intensive care unit the incidence of deep-vein thrombosis was measured with the 125I-fibrinogen test. Of these patients 31 were eventually confirmed to be suffering from acute myocardial infarction. This preliminary study showed that in patients with a confirmed infarct who were not treated with anticoagulants the incidence of deep-vein thrombosis was 38% and in those treated it was 5·5%. In patients who were “severely ill” from whatever the cause there was a high incidence of deep-vein thrombosis (68%).