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Hypercoagulable States

Overview

A hypercoagulable state is the medical term for a condition in which there is an abnormally increased tendency toward blood clotting (coagulation).

 

There are numerous hypercoagulable states. Each has different causes and each increases a person’s chances of developing blood clots such as those associated with thrombophlebitis (clot in the veins). 1

Symptoms

A hypercoagulability problem with a person’s blood is often symptomless and will first show as a blood clot. 2

Causes and Risk Factors

Hypercoagulable states are usually genetic (inherited) or acquired conditions. The genetic form of this disorder means a person is born with the tendency to form blood clots. Acquired conditions are usually a result of surgery, trauma, medications or a medical condition that increases the risk of hypercoagulable states. 3

1. MedicineNet. Medical Definition of Hypercoagulable state. https://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=9240
2. Medical News Today. All you need to know about thick blood. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319842.php
3. Cleveland Clinic. Blood Clotting Disorders (Hypercoagulable States). https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/16788-blood-clotting-disorders-hypercoagulable-states

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