Blood clots affect people of all ages, races and ethnicities, and occur in both men and women. Certain factors and situations can increase the risk of developing a blood clot(s).
To identify whether a patient is ‘at-risk,’ healthcare professionals should conduct a VTE risk assessment, which is tool or questionnaire that gathers information about a patient’s age, medical history, medications and specific lifestyle factors. Information is then used to discern a patient’s potential risk (e.g., high, moderate or low risk) for developing blood clots in the legs or lungs. If you are admitted to a hospital and don’t receive a VTE risk assessment, be proactive and ask for one.