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A procedure that has been used by doctors to treat blood clots in the legs is now being used on a more dangerous kind of clot.
Dr. Kanaan Natarajan with St. Vincent in Indianapolis says the hospital is the first to try a new procedure to help treat pulmonary embolisms, when clots are carried near the lungs and heart.
Natarajan says blood thinners are traditionally used, but often times the medication has to be so concentrated that a lot of patients experience bleeding problems.
Natarajan says using ultrasonic waves on a catheter that is inserted in the lung, combined with a lower dose of blood thinners cuts the risk for the patient while improving health.
St. Vincent will test this treatment in a clinical study, hoping to evaluate how helpful this new kind of treatment is.