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BACKGROUND Even though quality of life (QoL) has become a key component of medical care, there is no instrument available that specifically measures QoL after pulmonary embolism (PE). Recently, the Pulmonary Embolism Quality of Life (PEmb-QoL) Questionnaire has been developed to address this gap. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the validity of the PEmb-QoL(More)
BACKGROUND  Although women with antiphospholipid antibodies (APLAs) are at increased risk of recurrent miscarriage, the outcome of a subsequent pregnancy is not clearly elucidated. OBJECTIVES To assess the pregnancy outcome of a subsequent pregnancy in women with APLAs and compare this outcome with women with unexplained recurrent miscarriage. METHODS (More)
BACKGROUND Nowadays, large numbers of patients are tested for thrombophilia, even though the benefits of this strategy remain unclear. A potential disadvantage of this predominantly genetic testing is the psychological impact, including fear, depression and worry. OBJECTIVES To systematically review studies that determined the nature and extent of the(More)
Stress-induced hyperglycaemia is common during orthopaedic surgery. In addition, hyperglycaemia activates coagulation. The aim of the study was to assess whether stress-induced hyperglycaemia is associated with symptomatic or asymptomatic venous thromboembolism (VTE) following orthopaedic surgery. We performed post-hoc analyses in the four RECORD studies(More)
OBJECTIVES Low levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) are a risk factor for coronary artery disease (CAD) and possibly for deep venous thrombosis (DVT). Endothelial lipase is involved in HDL-C metabolism. Common variants in the endothelial lipase gene (LIPG) have been reported to be associated with HDL-C levels and atherothrombosis, but(More)
BACKGROUND Tests for thrombophilia are being performed on a large scale in people after venous thromboembolism (VTE) even though the benefits of testing are still subject to debate. The most important benefit would be a reduction in the risk of recurrent VTE due to the use of additional prophylactic measures. This is an update of a review first published in(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with (undiagnosed) diabetes mellitus, impaired glucose tolerance or stress-induced hyperglycemia may be at greater risk for venous thrombosis and present with relative hyperglycemia during the thrombotic event. OBJECTIVES To assess whether venous thrombosis is associated with hyperglycemia at diagnosis. PATIENTS/METHODS We performed(More)
In the last decades, the knowledge on the etiology of venous thromboembolism (VTE) has increased tremendously. In approximately half of patients presenting with VTE, one or more thrombophilic defects can be identified. This has led to widespread testing for thrombophilia, despite the fact that, at present, it is unclear whether this should have therapeutic(More)
BACKGROUND Factor V Leiden (FVL) increases the risk of venous thrombosis and pregnancy loss in carriers. Nevertheless, this relatively old mutation is prevalent in Caucasion populations, which could be explained by positive selection pressure. Men with FVL have previously been found to have higher fecundity (the time between marriage and first pregnancy).(More)