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Hospitalization Can Increase the Risk for Blood Clots

Hospitalization, particularly involving physical trauma, surgery, or prolonged immobility, increases the risk for blood clots.

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PHYSICAL TRAUMA
Injury to a vein that may be caused by a broken bone, muscle injury, or other serious injury to the body

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SURGERY
Major surgery, particularly of the pelvis, abdomen, hip, or knee.

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IMMOBILITY
Confined to a bed or wheelchair for long periods of time due to a hospital stay, injury, or illness.

OTHER RISK FACTORS INCLUDE
• Pregnancy • Cancer and its treatment • Family or personal history of blood clots • Birth control or hormone therapy with estrogen • Smoking • Overweight • Age 55 or older • Long-term diseases such as heart or lung conditions, or diabetes

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