Chronic Diseases: A Shower of Little Clots

When leading heart specialists from the U.S. and Europe gathered in New Orleans last week, the first and most significant report they heard was not exclusively about heart disease. A visitor from England re-emphasized some of the difficulties of diagnosing a lung disorder that has its origins in the blood vessels and eventually involves the heart.

There is no common name for what Dr. John F. Goodwin of the University of London and Hammersmith Hospital called "thromboembolic pulmonary vascular disorders." But these disorders, Dr. Goodwin told the Louisiana Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, are extremely common. In...

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