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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Can obesity lead to deep vein thrombosis?

    My mother had deep vein thrombosis and obesity runs in the family. Am I at risk as well?
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    Zac Jefcoate

    Exercise Physiologist

    Zac Jefcoate is the owner of Exzac Health Solutions. He was one of three accredited exercise physiologist practicing in G.P super clinics in Western Australia. … View Profile

    Definitely. I think it's important to look at your history. Obesity can lead to deep vein thrombosis with a number of reasons - poor circulation, decreased exercise, and increase in blood pressure.

    Also, if people sit down for a long period of time, that can also cause, I guess not directly but indirectly, lead to DVT. Also, the age and any co-morbidities of the client. I suggest that you seek guidance from a general practitioner if you feel that you have underlying health considitions or you have any strong history of obesity and deep vein thrombosis.

    From an exercise physiology point of view, we would screen anyone with obesity and discuss with their doctor if they are at risk in designing exercise programs based on increasing A) circulation, B) exercise tolerance and C) reducing blood pressure.

    They are three things that are important in deep vein thrombosis and any general leg symptoms. Ensure that you exercise regularly, eat well. Do not sit or stand for long periods of time. If you have more medical history, you should really consult your GP if you are concerned at this stage.

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