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Blood clots: What are the real risks?

Learn about blood clots and the everyday risks

Blood clots: What are the real risks?

Learn about blood clots and the everyday risks

Women researching blood clots
Women researching blood clots

With the news that the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are being linked to an increased risk of a rare type of blood clot, we want to make sure you understand the real chances of developing a blood clot and the reasons why, so that you can make more informed decisions about your healthcare.

Blood clots can be caused by many different things, and although they are incredibly rare, risk factors such as smoking, a high BMI, high blood pressure, migraines, a family history of clotting, recent surgery, and pregnancy can make you more likely to develop a blood clot.

There are also certain medications, such as the contraceptive pill, that can make you more likely to get them. However, the benefits of most medications, like the pill, tend to greatly outweigh the risks of negative side effects. So, while these side effects are always detailed, the chances of them actually happening are small and you shouldn’t make any sudden changes to your medications or lifestyle without consulting your doctor first.

It's also important to remember that before prescribing any medication your doctor will review your medical history and make sure it's safe for you to take.

Read on to learn more about blood clots, the risks and most common causes.


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