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Report Suggests a Connection between Blood Type and DVT Risk

A researcher from the Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands has reported that particular blood types may be risk factors for deep-vein thrombosis (DVT). Dr. Vania Morelli maintains that people with blood type A, B or AB are more susceptible to DVT. “A non-O blood type strongly increases the risk in people who carry a variant of a protein (called Factor V Leiden) involved in blood clotting.” Dr. Morelli also suggested that awareness of one’s blood type might be a means of improving DVT management.

Dr. Morelli presented her findings at the XXth Congress of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis, held August 6-12 in Sydney, Australia.

Source: Obesity, Fitness & Wellness Week, September 3, 2005


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