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What causes deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?

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You can get deep vein thrombosis (DVT) at any age, and several things can cause it. Some of them include:

  • Injury to a vein
  • Bed rest
  • Sitting for a long time, such as on a flight
  • Birth control pills
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Pregnancy
  • Chronic diseases like heart disease, lung disease, cancer, Crohn’s disease, or ulcerative colitis
  • Family history of DVT or pulmonary embolism
  • Obesity
  • A medical condition that increases your risk for blood clots

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Deep Vein Thrombosis.”

Jack Ansell, MD, professor of medicine, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.

CDC: “Venous Thromboembolism.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Superficial Thrombophlebitis.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Deep Vein Thrombosis.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Peripheral Artery Disease.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Peripheral Artery Disease.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Varicose Veins.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 30, 2018

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Deep Vein Thrombosis.”

Jack Ansell, MD, professor of medicine, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.

CDC: “Venous Thromboembolism.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Superficial Thrombophlebitis.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Deep Vein Thrombosis.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Peripheral Artery Disease.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Peripheral Artery Disease.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Varicose Veins.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 30, 2018

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