Obesity and DVT
Obesity, defined by the National Institutes of Health as having a Body Mass Index
of greater than 30, can also increase your risk for developing DVT.33
Central obesity, also known as the "apple shape," has been associated with cardiovascular
disease, which may increase the risk of DVT.
The good news is that, in most cases, DVT blood clots can be prevented, particularly
when body weight is brought under control.
Use the DVT Risk Assessor
to learn more about your risk factors for DVT. And don't forget to speak with your
doctor to find out whether you or a loved one could be at risk, and what you can
do to minimize your risk.