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DVT – Causes and Risks

March 14, 2021
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There are several factors that contribute to blood clot formation. Many times we can't know for sure which caused the blood clot in a particular patient. Inherited genetic differences in blood chemistry can lead to clot formation. Damage to the inside surface of blood vessels or artificial materials like long-term IVs can cause clots, and decreased blood flow or pooling of blood in the veins, such as from bed rest or long distance travel, can also lead to DVT formation. Your ER team may have asked you questions about your risk for developing DVTs. A recent surgery, a family history of clots, recent or current pregnancy, hormone use such as estrogen, and smoking can all increase your risk of clots. In addition, prolonged lack of physical activity, such as from bed rest or long distance travel, can also put you at higher risk.

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