Tall And Obese Men At Risk For Blood Clots

Posted Apr 30, 2011 by Oscar Brooks
A recent Norwegian study concludes the dangers that tall men who are obese face in having a greater risk for developing blood clots. The tall men included in the study were almost 6 feet or taller.
Varicose veins
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John Mauriello, Joseph Zygmunt Jr, Durham, North Carolina
The study was reported on and it was published in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology: American Heart Association. The Norwegian study included 26,714 men and women ages 25 to 97. The participants were followed for an average 12.5 years. There were 461 cases of venus thromboembolisms (VTE) that occurred. These are blood clots forming in the vein deep in body called deep vein thrombosis. The VTE were almost 5.5 times higher in tall obese men who were almost 6 feet tall or taller compared to men 5'8" or shorter. Obese tall women 5'6" and taller had a 2.7 times higher risk for developing blood clots.
The senior study author Sigrid K. Braekkan of the University of Norway said, "In tall people the blood must be pumped a longer distance by the calf-muscle pump, which may cause reduced flow in the legs and thereby raise the risk of clotting". Some of the risk factors in getting blood clots are: obesity, smoking, recent surgery, using birth control pills and sitting for long periods when traveling. The American Heart Association has a lot of good information on this subject. The website is