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Health Tip: Risk Factors for Deep Vein Thrombosis

-- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot forms within a deep vein, most often in the calf or thigh area.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers this list of risk factors that may increase the likelihood of DVT:

  • Having had a pulmonary embolism or a previous case of deep vein thrombosis.
  • Having had cancer that has spread.
  • Having had another vein condition, such as varicose veins.
  • Being a smoker.
  • Taking estrogen.
  • Being pregnant.
  • Being obese.
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Posted: February 2010