Causes and Diagnoses

Causes and Diagnoses of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Possible risk factors of deep vein thrombosis (DVT):

  • Age 65 or older
  • Certain forms of cancer and treatment
  • History of heart attack, stroke, congestive heart failure or previous blood clot
  • Immobilization (examples: prolonged travel in airplane, prolonged bed rest, leg paralysis, recent surgery)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Inherited blood clotting abnormalities or family history of blood clots
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy, taking birth control pills or estrogen replacement therapy
  • Smoking
  • Trauma
  • Varicose veins


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