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People At Risk

Although DVT can occur in almost anyone, certain individuals may be at increased risk for developing a DVT. In fact, very little is known about DVT and pulmonary embolism and its impact on minorities and women.

However, what we know about DVT risk factors and the current healthcare landscape indicates that women and ethnic minority populations may be at higher risk due to existing healthcare disparities.35

African-American and Hispanic-American populations face limited access to healthcare and a predisposition to other health conditions, such as diabetes, that could place them at higher risk for a DVT.

According to the Office of the Surgeon General, African-Americans are more likely than other ethnic groups to develop a DVT or a pulmonary embolism. In fact, African-Americans are estimated to be at 30 percent greater risk compared to whites.36

There is an high prevalence of disease in the U.S. Hispanic community – on average, every 19 minutes; a U.S. Hispanic will be diagnosed with first-time occurrence of DVT.37

Through continued research, we need to continue to tackle the future of the healthcare delivery system for minority groups in an effort to eliminate disparities and ultimately reduce cost.

Women and DVT

Women may be at an increased risk for DVT and PE. Pregnancy and certain hormonal medications may increase the risk of this condition in women.34

Women face unique health circumstances such as birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) which have been linked to an increased risk for DVT, especially in women who are also smokers.34

In fact, women who take oral contraceptives that contain both estrogen and progestin may be two to eight times more likely to have a blood clot.2

Because DVT and PE are difficult to diagnose and many people experience no symptoms at all, it is important that ethnic minorities and women be aware of the signs and symptoms of this condition.

The good news is, in most cases, DVT blood clots can be prevented.

Use the DVT Risk Assessor to learn more about your risk factors for DVT blood clots. And don't forget to speak with your doctor to find out whether you or a loved one could be at risk, and what you can do to minimize your risk.

Are you or a loved one at risk for DVT blood clots?

Key DVT Statistics

Did you know that up to 2 million Americans are affected annually by DVT?