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