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Clot prevention device for 80-year-old woman

5th March 2013

An 80-year-old woman from Wokingham is believed to be the first in the world to have a device fitted to prevent blood clots forming.

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Doreen Carter had a titanium filter fitted near to her heart, which will decrease the danger of her suffering a pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in the lungs).

The procedure, which is reversible and took just 15 minutes, was carried out at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading. It is the first of six hospitals in the UK to test out the titanium filter.

The grandmother of three said it was "a privilege" to be the first person to be fitted with the device.

She added: "I'm quite happy everyone knows what they're doing and I just let them get on with it." 

The filter was inserted into the inferior vena cava, where a wire mesh cage was opened which allows blood to travel to the heart but catches any blood clots.

Dr Carl Waldmann, a consultant at the hospital, said pulmonary embolisms caused the deaths of around 25,000 people annually in the UK.

"This is something we can put in for a limited number of days and easily take out," he added. 


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