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Clinical risk factors for venous blood clots (DVT and pulmonary embolism) during pregnancy
Wednesday, December 5, 2012

 

Adjusted odds ratio of developing venous thromboembolism during pregnancy if you have this underlying problem:
 
 
previous venous thromboembolism - increases your risk 25.8 times
 
age over 35 - increases your risk 1.3 times
 
body mass index above 30 - increases your risk 5.3 times
 
immobility - increases your risk 7.7 times
 
smoking - increases the risk 2.7 times
 
varicose veins - increases the risk 2.4 times
 

Elevated circulating levels of Factor VII, Factor VIII, Factor X and Factor XII during pegnancy increase risk of developing venous thromboembolism. This risk is highest right after delivery of the baby (the puerperium).

 

There are also a reduction in sensitivity to activated protein C and functional protein S levels during pregnancy.

 

The risk of develoing venous thromboembolism during pregnancy is 0.66 per 100.

 

This data is from P Kesteven and colleagues and the article is published in Phlebology 2012; volume 27 Supplement: pages 73-80.

 

Dr. Hratch Karamanoukian is a member of the American College of Phlebology AND a Diplomate of the American Board of Phlebology. He can be contacted by calling 716-839-3638 or www.VeinsVeinsVeins.com 

  

Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is a member of the American College of Phlebology AND a Diplomate of the American Board of Phlebology. He can be contacted by calling 310-998-5535 or www.SantaMonicaVeinCenter.com 

 

Drs. Raffy and Hratch Karamanoukian have authored 6 books about venous disease. The books are available on Amazon Kindle and Nook books for download.

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