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If you have antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) antibodies, what can make you more likely to have blood clot symptoms?

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If you have the antiphospholipid syndrome antibodies, you might never show signs of APS. But if you do have them, you’re more likely to have symptoms of a blood clot if you:

  • Get pregnant
  • Have surgery
  • Are obese
  • Sit for a long time (like on bed rest or a long flight)
  • Smoke
  • Take birth control pills
  • Have high cholesterol or high blood pressure

From: What Is Antiphospholipid Syndrome? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “What is Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome?”

American College of Rheumatology: “Antiphospholipid Syndrome.”

APS Foundation of America: “Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome.”

Mayo Clinic: “Antiphospholipid Syndrome.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 16, 2018

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “What is Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome?”

American College of Rheumatology: “Antiphospholipid Syndrome.”

APS Foundation of America: “Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome.”

Mayo Clinic: “Antiphospholipid Syndrome.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 16, 2018

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