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Excess weight distribution linked to blood clots

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There is a direct relationship between weight distribution and blood clots, a 10-year study has revealed.

The study by Danish scientists found the likelihood of clots increased in middle-aged people when there was excess weight on men’s waistlines and women’s hips.

Over 60,000 people took part in the research which showed the location of the extra weight was important when linked to clots.

Extra pounds on male waists increased the risk of blood clots in veins - venous thromboembolism (VTE). Whereas hip circumference in women was “positively associated” with VTE.

“The implications to the public are that all types of obesity increase the risk for VTE, but the location of body fat also plays some unknown role,” said Marianne Tang Severinsen, lead author of the study and a researcher at Aarhus University Hospital in Aalborg, Denmark.

“For health professionals, the implication is that all types of fat distribution should be taken into account when evaluating risk for VTE.”

The study, which examined 27,000 men and 29,000 women aged between 50 and 64, challenges previous research suggesting large hip circumference might protect against arterial thrombosis.

“Our study clearly shows that this is not the case for venous thrombosis,” the authors said in an article published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

It is hoped the research will help physicians better diagnose the condition.

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