Deep Vein Thrombosis Risk Factors

Deep Vein Thrombosis

When blood clots form in deep veins commonly found in your legs, a condition called deep vein thrombosis can develop. This condition can cause excruciating pain and lead to lethal complications such as cutting off the blood flow in your vein. If the blood clot breaks free from the vein, it can travel further up the body and create even more risks. As with most venous conditions, there are certain risk factors that can increase the chances of deep vein thrombosis forming in your veins.

Family History

Most venous conditions, such as deep vein thrombosis, are hereditary. If any family members have developed deep vein thrombosis, you could be at risk, with the risk being even greater if your parents developed them, too.

Pregnancy

Blood can clot more easily during pregnancy due to the elevated levels of estrogen. These elevated levels can take some time to drop back down following childbirth. Hormone replacement therapy also increases the risk of deep vein thrombosis, so always make sure you consult with your physician.

Age

The older you get, the higher your chances are that deep vein thrombosis can develop. This risk factor is unfortunately one you cannot change, but there are several risk factors that you can.

Long Periods of Leg Rest

Blood clots are more likely to form if the blood sits for long periods of time in your lower extremities. Blood clots can form when your muscles remain relaxed.

Body Weight

Being overweight can also increase your risk of deep vein thrombosis. By making sure you continue to have an active lifestyle, eat healthy, and follow a casual exercise regime, you can tremendously reduce your risk of developing deep vein thrombosis.

Leg Injuries

Damaged veins can also increase your risk of deep vein thrombosis. This can happen when your legs suffer injuries such as bone fractures or muscle tears. Always make sure you stretch before any strenuous leg workouts.

Choosing the Laser Vein Center for Your Deep Vein Thrombosis

If you believe you are at risk for deep vein thrombosis, make sure you contact the offices of the Laser Vein Center. Dr. Wright and his highly-trained team are well versed in the many risk factors associated for deep vein thrombosis. Give us a call to schedule your free consultation.