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For Some Clots, It Takes a Village

Treatment of pulmonary embolisms may benefit from a team approach. But that model faces obstacles inside and outside the hospital.

When a blood clot travels to the lungs it can cause a pulmonary embolism, a dangerous condition that affects an estimated 800,000 Americans annually and kills about a quarter of them, especially if left untreated. That figure far outstrips U.S. fatalities from traffic accidents, HIV and breast cancer combined, and the number is rising, mostly because of an...

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