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Risk Factors


The exact cause is unknown, but several risk factors accelerate the formation of fatty deposits in the arteries that contribute to arterial vascular disease:

  • Smoking
  • Family history of vascular disease, angina, heart attacks or stroke
  • Being overweight
  • An unhealthy diet
  • Lack of exercise
  • Diabetes
  • Being male
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Stress

The risk factors for venous thrombosis are:

  • Recent surgery
  • Inactivity
  • Trauma to the leg
  • Previous blood clot
  • Obesity
  • Varicose veins
  • Heredity