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Risk of thrombosis

The risk of thrombosis refers to the risk that a blood clot will form in a blood vessel and ultimately lead to a narrowing or blockage. A clot, therefore, is a disruptive obstacle to blood flow and can lead to heart attacks, strokes or pulmonary embolisms. Some factors that can increase the risk of thrombosis are age, smoking, unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, obesity, certain medications such as birth control pills, or family history.

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