People at highest risk for excessive blood clotting have both acquired and genetic risk factors. For example, if you have the Factor V Leiden mutation and atherosclerosis, and you smoke, you're at higher risk than someone who has only one of these risk factors.
Genetic Risk Factors
You're more likely to have a genetic cause of excessive blood clotting if you have:
Factor V Leiden is one of the more common genetic mutations that can alter the blood clotting process. It's found in 5 to 15 percent of the general population. This mutation accounts for up to a quarter of the cases of genetic blood clotting disorders. Factor V Leiden is found mostly in people who have a European background.
Other Risk Factors
Another risk factor for excessive blood clotting is antiphospholipid antibody syndrome linked to lupus. This condition may affect 4 to 14 percent of the U.S. population.
Excessive blood clotting has many causes. Problems with the blood, blood vessel defects, or other factors can cause the condition.read more
When blood clotting takes place easily or the clots do not dissolve properly, such condition is known as excessive blood clotting.read more