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Injury, Surgery Can Increase Risk of Embolisms in Athletes

from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Because of what happened to him nearly 20 years ago, Brad Jones is hypersensitive to any news about life-threatening pulmonary embolisms in athletes, whether it's Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis or tennis star Serena Williams. In 1996, Mr. Jones, now a video producer in Beaver Falls, was finally ready to step into his role as a starting guard on the Penn State football team. A week after he helped his teammates crush the University of Southern California in the Kickoff Classic, though, the 6-foot-6-inch, 285-pound lineman started coughing up blood. more

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