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Hypercoagulation

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is hypercoagulation?

Hypercoagulation is a condition that causes your blood to clot more easily than normal. Hypercoagulation can be an acquired or inherited condition. Acquired hypercoagulation is caused by a disease or other condition. Examples include obesity, pregnancy, use of birth control pills, or cancer. Inherited coagulation is caused by genes that have been passed to you from a parent. These genes cause problems with how your blood clots. You may have no signs or symptoms of hypercoagulation until you get a blood clot.

What increases my risk for hypercoagulation?

What problems can hypercoagulation cause?

Hypercoagulation may cause blood clots to form anywhere in your body. Some of these conditions may become life-threatening. You may be at risk for any of the following:

How is hypercoagulation diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine you. Tell him or her if you have ever had a blood clot or miscarriage and if you take any medicines. Also tell him or her if anyone in your family has had blood clots. You may need blood tests to check your blood cell levels, blood protein levels, and how well your blood clots. Blood proteins help control how your blood clots. Blood tests may also show if you have other conditions, such as Factor V Leiden, that cause hypercoagulation.

How is hypercoagulation treated?

The goal of treatment is to prevent a blood clot from forming. Treatment depends on the cause of your hypercoagulation. Conditions such as diabetes or heart disease may need to be treated. Medicines that cause blood clots may be stopped or changed. You may need any of the following medicines:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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How can I decrease my risk for a blood clot?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) or have someone else call if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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