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    Top 10 Risk Factors for Developing a Deep Vein Clot

    Apr 04 2017

    As blood clots go, a deep vein clot (DVT) is particularly worrisome. They’re very serious but often underdiagnosed.  A DVT usually occurs in the lower leg, thigh or pelvis.  If a piece of the clot break offs and travels in the bloodstream to the lungs, it can cause damage to the lungs or even result in death. This is called a pulmonary embolism.

    A DVT can also damage the valves in the veins and result in a condition called post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS). Its symptoms include leg swelling, discoloration and ulcers, and pain. PTS can strip people of their ability to walk and to earn a living. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one-third of the people who have a DVT will go on to develop PTS.

    If you have one or more of the factors below you may be at risk for a DVT:

    • History of DVT
    • Genetic blood-clotting disorder
    • Use birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy
    • Pregnant or six weeks post-partum
    • Overweight or obese
    • Confined to bed rest or have limited movement
    • Injury to a deep vein
    • Smoke
    • Cancer
    • Age 60 or older (risk increases with age)