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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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Symptoms and Diagnosis of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Symptoms of deep vein thrombosis -- a blood clot in a deep vein -- may be difficult to identify. That's because DVT symptoms are similar to many other health problems. If you're at risk for DVT -- you are over 60, you smoke, you are overweight, you sit for long periods of time -- stay alert to DVT symptoms. If you have symptoms, learn what you can do to confirm a diagnosis.  

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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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