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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 26 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, November 14, W4 Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb A relative of mine was put in the hospital complaining of u heaviness on (lit1 left side of the chest, and she had numbness in her lingers and arm. After tests were made of the heart, stomach and chest, the results showed she had blood clots in her lungs. Can you explain how this came about? We have heard about getting blood clots after an operation but never without a reason. Dear Reader Spon- taneous occurrence of blood clots is rather uncommon but it occurs. A person may develop a clot or inflamma- tion of the veins in the legs or even in the pelvic region, and the clot may jar loose and pass through the heart to the lungs. The danger of a loose clot going to the lungs is the reason doctors are usually very careful with a patient who has a clot in the leg veins or an inflammation of the veins, as in the case of ex- President Nixon. This problem can develop in active persons as well as inac- tive persons. It is more apt to occur in the legs if the venous drainage of the legs is slowed. This can occur with constricting wearing apparel. It may occur with sitting too long with pressure on the back of the thighs, as can occur in long airplane rides. That is one reason I recommend getting up and stirring around a little if you are going to be travelling for a long time. It occurs in pregnancy, in part because of the pressure on the veins from the pregnant uterus. And. clots in the legs may occur for no good reason at all. A loose clot tends to go to the lungs because the clot forms in the veins. The veins all drain to the right side of the heart, and the blood is all pumped from the right heart to the lungs. The clot can't get through the lungs to go on to the left side of the heart and out into tne arteries. Clots that cause strokes commonly originate in the left side of the heart and not in the veins. The clot in the lung is called a pulmonary embolism. It resembles a heart attack, just as you have described it. The doctors need tests, including a heart tracing, blood tests, and sometimes special x-ray tests to determine what the problem really is. Sudden onset of chest pain and breathlessness (often ex- treme I are two common features of a pulmonary em- bolism. Dear Dr. Lamb Would you advise all adults not to drink milk? Is it true that only children need milk? You may guess I like milk and want to continue drinking it. My weight, blood pressure and cholesterol are no problem. Please advise us. as we are a milk-drinking Senior Citizen group. Dear Reader I prefer that everyone get about a quart of milk a day or its equivalent as cottage cheese or buttermilk, or a milk substitute. We all need calcium, and a calcium deficiency can increase the chances of having soft bones with a tendency for fractures to occur in later years. For those who have high cholesterol or other problems, they can use fortified skim milk and uncreamed cottage cheese. The nonfat dry milk powder for cooking is ex- cellent for protein and calcium. You don't have to drink the milk to get your quota. It can be used in desserts, sauces, and any number of prepared foods. Send your questions to Dr. Lamb, in care of this new- spaper, P.O. Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019. For a copy of Dr. Lamb's booklet on cholesterol, send 50 cents to the .same address and ask for the "Cholesterol" booklet. Flashback By THE CANADIAN PRESS Nov. 14, 1974 German bombers dropped 503 tons of high explosives and 881 canisters of incendiaries on Coventry between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. without loss 34 years ago in 1940. Civic centre and cathedral were burned out: 21 vital factories severely damaged; 380 killed. 1665 The London Gazette first appeared. 1896 Britain repealed law prohibiting motor cars on highways. 1948 Prince Charles was born to Princess Elizabeth now Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip. Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN AND OMAR SHARIF 1974 Thi Chicago Tribunt Both vulnerable. North deals. NORTH KQ842 QJ54 AQ7 WEST EAST A 109765 9 8 3 A 108 6 32 4J954 SOUTH J AKQ875 K10762 4 K The bidoinij: North East South West 1 Pass 2 W Pass 2 Pass 3 Pass 3 NT Pass 4 Pass 5 Pass Pass Pass Opening lend: Three of 4. Today'? hand cropped up at ihc Mciia iournamerH in Talma do Majorca. Il proved too much for everv declarer except one. Obviouslv three no trump is the best spot for North South. However. South ran not be blamed for not resting in that With his powerful, distributional hand f.u-inc ar. opening bid. slam was a possibility even ihouuh North sounded weak. and South was fuliv entitled one more toward