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Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Causes & Risk Factors

Deep vein thrombosis or DVT is a disease that happens when there is a blood clot in a body’s vein. It mostly affects the lower leg or thigh, but other body parts can also have this condition. The blood clot is very dangerous as it would break off and move to the lungs, which leads to fatal complications. Read on this article to learn more about the cause and risk factors for deep vein thrombosis and how to reduce the risk.


Immobility is the most common cause of deep vein thrombosis. An active lifestyle and physical activities can help blood circulate evenly throughout leg muscles. Nevertheless, when you lead a sedentary lifestyle for an extended period of time, it might increase the risk of developing blood clots. That’s why the condition is more common in people who are hospitalized or on bed rest, which prevents them from moving around. Those people whose work requires long sitting time like drivers can also be at a higher risk. [1]