To clot or not to clot?

Your blood type could hold the answer

While some blood clots are a natural part of healing, those that form in the veins are a serious health hazard because they can block blood flow to the organs, leading to heart attacks, strokes and sometimes sudden death.

Genetic factors and lifestyle typically play the biggest role in determining whether a person will develop abnormal blood clots. But a new study has suggested that blood type may also be a contributing factor.

The study out of Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark showed a connection between the AB blood type and a greater risk of getting clots. In fact, people with AB blood showed a 4 percent greater risk than those with O blood type.

Of course, not all individuals with AB blood type will develop clots — they just may be more prone and at a higher risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary clots.

Those with A, B or O type blood aren’t out of the woods though. Being sedentary for a long period of time, smoking, taking birth control pills and getting dehydrated all increase the chance that a clot will form, regardless of blood type.

Want to avoid clots? Stay active and hydrated and, hey, while you’re at it, stop smoking and become celibate! Just kidding. That’s none of our business. But it’s true that regular activity, water consumption can prevent the blood from thickening, making it less prone to clot.



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