A new study found that women develop a higher risk for blood clots that last for 12 weeks after childbirth. This is twice as much as what was previously thought. The study looked at 1.7 million of Californian women giving birth to their first child with 1,015 of them developing clots (720 in legs or lungs), 248 progressing to stroke and 47 to heart attack. Currently the American Heart Association guidelines say that women with a high blood pressure prior to pregnancy should be considered for low dose aspirin after the first three months of pregnancy.
What are your current recommendations to new moms in terms of blood clot prophylaxis?
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