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How does your weight affect DVT?

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Obesity has more than doubled since 1980 worldwide. The number of deep-vein clots is rising right along with that. Doctors aren't yet sure exactly why, but people who have a body mass index of at least 30 are more likely than people of normal weight to get a blood clot deep in a vein, called deep vein thrombosis, or DVT.

From: How Weight Affects DVT WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Allman-Farinelli, M. , November 2011. Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis

CDC: "Deep Vein Thrombosis [DVT] / Pulmonary Embolism [PE] -- Blood Clot Forming in a Vein, Facts."

Sam Schulman, MD, director, Clinical Thromboembolism Program, Hamilton Health Sciences, Hamilton General Hospital, Hamilton, Ontario.

Natalie Evans, MD, vascular medicine specialist, Miller Family Heart and Vascular Institute Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH.

Marc Passman, MD, director, Vein Program, University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 19, 2017

SOURCES:

Allman-Farinelli, M. , November 2011. Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis

CDC: "Deep Vein Thrombosis [DVT] / Pulmonary Embolism [PE] -- Blood Clot Forming in a Vein, Facts."

Sam Schulman, MD, director, Clinical Thromboembolism Program, Hamilton Health Sciences, Hamilton General Hospital, Hamilton, Ontario.

Natalie Evans, MD, vascular medicine specialist, Miller Family Heart and Vascular Institute Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH.

Marc Passman, MD, director, Vein Program, University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 19, 2017

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