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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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    Pulmonary Embolism: A Complication of DVT

    A pulmonary embolism (PE) usually happens when a blood clot called a deep vein thrombosis (DVT), often in your leg, travels to your lungs and blocks a blood vessel. That leads to low oxygen levels in your blood. It can damage the lung and other organs and cause heart failure, too. A PE can be life-threatening, so if you've been diagnosed with DVT, you should be aware of this risk. Follow the treatment plan for your DVT to stop the clot from getting bigger and to keep new clots from forming.

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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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