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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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10 Questions You Should Ask Your Doctor About DVT

DVT stands for deep vein thrombosis, a blood clot in one of the body’s deep veins, usually deep within the leg. The biggest danger of DVT is that part of the clot could break off and travel to the lungs, where it can cause a blockage known as a pulmonary embolism, or PE, says Marc Passman, director of the vein program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Your doctor will talk to you about how much of a risk your clot poses.

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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: February 11, 2013
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