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Does alcohol affect deep vein thrombosis?

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Drinking alcohol can sometimes be a touchy issue between patients and doctors. But it's a topic you should talk about with yours when you have deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Alcohol itself, in low to moderate amounts, isn't likely to raise your DVT risk. It may even protect healthy adults. It can act as a blood thinner. And a researcher in Norway found studies that show the more you drink, the lower your blood clot risk. But moderation is key. Doctors don't recommend drinking alcohol to protect against DVT. The relationship between alcohol and deep vein thrombosis may depend on what, and how much, you pour in your glass.

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Fiumara, K. , March 2009. Circulation

Gaborit, F.S. , July 2013. Thrombosis and Haemostasis

Ida Hansen-Krone, PhD, University Hospital of North, Norway.

Hansen-Krone, I. , August 2011. Thrombosis and Haemostasis

Peter Lawrence, MD, chief of vascular surgery, UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA.

Marco Pahor MD, director, Institute of Aging, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

Pahor, M. , September 1996. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Suman Rathbon, MD, director of vascular medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Science Center, Oklahoma City.

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on December 17, 2017

SOURCES:

Fiumara, K. , March 2009. Circulation

Gaborit, F.S. , July 2013. Thrombosis and Haemostasis

Ida Hansen-Krone, PhD, University Hospital of North, Norway.

Hansen-Krone, I. , August 2011. Thrombosis and Haemostasis

Peter Lawrence, MD, chief of vascular surgery, UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA.

Marco Pahor MD, director, Institute of Aging, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

Pahor, M. , September 1996. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Suman Rathbon, MD, director of vascular medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Science Center, Oklahoma City.

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on December 17, 2017

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