Deep Vein Thrombosis | Causes & Risk Factors

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Am I at risk for DVT?

You are at higher risk for DVT if you:

  • Are 60 years of age or older
  • Are inactive for a long period of time, such as when you are flying in an airplane, taking a long car trip or recovering in bed after surgery
  • Have inherited a condition that causes increased blood clotting
  • Have an injury or surgery that reduces blood flow to a body part
  • Are pregnant or have recently given birth
  • Are overweight or obese
  • Have varicose veins
  • Have cancer, even if you are being treated for it
  • Are taking birth control pills or receiving hormone therapy, including for postmenopausal symptoms
  • Have a central venous catheter

Your risk for DVT increases if you have several risk factors at the same time.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 01/11
Created: 09/04

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