Blood clots, or what’s medically referred to as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), are blood clots that tend to form and block blood flow deep in veins in the pelvis, lower leg, thigh, or other areas of the body. According to research from the Cleveland Clinic, a DVT can become fatal if it dislodges and travels through the bloodstream to block a blood vessel in the lung, causing a life-threatening pulmonary embolism (PE).
The best way to prevent a blood clot is to know and avoid the risks associated with the development of DVT development. Seven of the top blood clot risk factors are…
1. Long Periods of Immobility
According to research from the American College of Phlebology, one of the most ideal environments for the formation of a DVT is a long stretch of sitting or immobility where muscles don’t contract.
Think about the times you sat for long periods without moving—such as on a long airplane trip, bus ride, or car trip. This immobility can drastically decrease blood flow and lead to blood clot formation. Long periods of stasis (i.e., following a surgery or injury) are also considered risky for DVT formation.