DVT Risk Factors

Having a DVT can be scary, and it's normal to want to understand how it could have happened, especially if you feel like you’re generally healthy. The truth is, almost anyone can get a DVT, but your risk increases if you have certain risk factors, especially if you have more than one.

DVT risk factors you can influence or that are temporary:

  • Flying on a plane for long periods
  • Being overweight
  • Smoking
  • Oral contraceptives or hormone therapy
  • Injury to a deep vein due to surgery or other trauma
  • Slow blood flow due to immobility after surgery or during illness
  • Certain cancer treatments

DVT risk factors you can’t control or change:

  • A family history of DVT
  • Certain blood disorders that make your blood more likely to clot (eg, factor V Leiden, a mutation of one of the clotting factors involved in normal blood clotting)
  • Older age

If you’ve had a DVT, some of the above factors mean you have an ongoing risk for having another DVT. Learn more about managing repeat occurrences with a blood thinner like XARELTO®.