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My doctor thinks I'm at risk for blood clots during hip surgery coming up. What puts me at greater risk than the next guy?


You'll want to ask your doctor this question for the answer specific to your situation. Known factors that put patients at increased risk for blood clots include:

  • age (increased risk after age 65 years)
  • obesity
  • history of heart disease, stroke, or cancer
  • history of previous clots
  • diabetes

    These are listed in order from highest to lowest. Other less powerful factors include varicose veins, previous heart attack, and use of hormone replacement for menopause. The risk of forming a life-threatening blood clot increases in patients who have more than one of these factors at a time.

    Geoffrey H. Westrich, MD, et al. The Effect of Intraoperative Heparin Administered During Total Hip Arthroplasty on the Incidence of Proximal Deep Vein Thrombosis Assessed by Magnetic Resonance Venography. In The Journal of Arthroplasty. January 2005. Vol. 20. No. 1. Pp. 42-50.

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