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Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

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Who Is At Risk for Deep Vein Thrombosis?

Many factors increase your risk for deep vein thrombosis (DVT). They include:

  • A history of DVT.
  • Disorders or factors that make your blood thicker or more likely to clot than normal. Certain inherited blood disorders (such as factor V Leiden) will do this. This also is true of treatment with hormone replacement therapy or using birth control pills.
  • Injury to a deep vein from a broken bone or other trauma.
  • Slow blood flow in a deep vein from lack of movement. This may occur after surgery, if you're ill and in bed for a long time, or if you're traveling for a long time.
  • Pregnancy and the first 6 weeks after giving birth.
  • Recent or ongoing treatment for cancer.
  • A central venous catheter. This is a tube placed in vein to allow easy access to the bloodstream for medical treatment.
  • Being older than 60 (although DVT can occur in any age group).
  • Being overweight or obese.

Your risk for DVT increases if you have more than one of the risk factors listed above.

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  • A Creative tracking system for patient examination
  • Quick, confidential access to one's medical history
  • Digital X-Rays at the time of examination

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