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Bleeding and Clotting Disorders

Smoking and blood clots

08/12/2008

Question:

Hi there. I am 20 years old and two years ago I was diagnosed with factor five, some weird blood clotting disorder. I did have a blood clot in my leg but it is now long gone. I’m not too familiar with it but I’m sure you know what I’m talking about.

Anyhow I do currently smoke cigarettes and I was wondering if smoking would increase my chances or getting another blood clot?

Answer:

That is a very good question. Smoking very much does increase your risk for getting additional blood clots in the future. To further decrease your risk of blood clots, you should consider stopping smoking.

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Response by:

Spero R Cataland, MD Spero R Cataland, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University