Body type causes increased risk of blood clots

The combination of being tall and overweight comes with several health risks, one of which is blood clots. 

According to information put out by the American Heart Association, obesity is a well-known risk factor for clots in deep veins (usually in the legs) and for pulmonary embolism, a clot in blood vessels of the lungs that can result in sudden death or strain on the heart. Together, the two conditions are called venous thromboembolism (VTE).

Research shows men are more at risk for these health problems compared to women.  Check out the stats below:

Compared with short (5 feet, 7.7 inches or less) and normal-weight men the risk for Venous Thromboembolism was:

·         5.28 times higher in obese and tall men

·         2.57 times higher in normal-weight and tall men (at least 5 feet, 11.7 inches tall)

·         2.11 times higher in obese and short men

Compared with short (5 feet, 2.6 inches or less) normal-weight women, the age-adjusted risk of VTE was:

·         2.77 times higher in obese and tall women

·         1.83 times higher in obese and short women

·         Not increased in normal-weight and tall women (more than 5 feet, 6 inches)

“We believe that we observed the increased risk in tall and normal-weight men, but not women, because most women do not get sufficiently tall,” said Sigrid K. Braekkan, Ph.D., senior study author and a researcher in the Hematological Research Group at the University of Tromsø in Norway. “The risk may be present in very tall women, but there were too few to investigate this properly.”

Physicians should consider people’s height and weight as they assess their overall risk for dangerous clots, researchers said.

“Since body height is not easy to modify, the most important thing is to stay slim, especially if you are tall,” Braekkan said.

In the United States, more than 275,000 people each year are hospitalized with deep vein clots or pulmonary embolism, according to the American Heart Association.

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