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