A risk factor is anything that may increase a person's chance of developing a disease. It may be an activity, diet, family history, or many other things.
Although these risk factors increase a person's risk, they do not necessarily cause the disease. Some people with one or more risk factors never develop the disease, while others develop disease and have no known risk factors. Knowing your risk factors to any disease can help to guide you into the appropriate actions, including changing behaviors and being clinically monitored for the disease.
Risk factors related to or that may contribute to deep vein thrombosis and thrombophlebitis include, but are not limited to, the following:
An inherited tendency that increases risk for blood clots
Age (greater than 60)
Type A blood group
Who is at risk to develop chronic DVT?
Patients taking hormonal contraceptives (birth control pills)
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.