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    Deep Vein Thrombosis - What Increases Your Risk

    Many things increase your risk for deep vein thrombosis (DVT). These include:

    Other risks include things that cause slowed blood flow, abnormal clotting, and a blood vessel injury.

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    Slowed blood flow

    Blood does not flow normally if you are not active for long periods of time. Examples include:

    • Long-term bed rest, such as after a surgery, injury, or serious illness.
    • Sitting for a long time, especially when traveling long distances.
    • Leg paralysis.

    Abnormal clotting

    Some people have blood that clots too easily or too quickly. Problems that may cause increased clotting include:

    Injury to the blood vessel wall

    Blood is more likely to clot in veins shortly after they are injured. Examples include:

    • Recent surgery that involved the legs, hips, belly, or brain.
    • Having a central venous catheter during a hospital stay.
    • Injury, such as a broken hip.

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    Last Updated: September 09, 2014
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