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Heart disease risk factors also apply for DVT

The traditional cardiovascular risk factors of male gender and hypertension also increase the risk for recurrent venous thromboembolism, say German researchers.

They examined data from 424 men and 582 women with deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism - 32.2% of whom had experienced recurrent events.

After anticoagulation therapy ended, men were significantly more likely than women to experience recurrent VTE (39.4% vs 27.0%).

Men remained at significantly greater risk for recurrent VTE even after taking into account hormonal risk factors such as pregnancy, the contraceptive pill, or hormone replacement therapy.

Blood Coagulation and Fibrinolysis 2008; 19: 159-165.

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