Big, tall men may be at greater risk for deadly blood clots

May 6, 2011 2:20:53 PM PDT
Researchers in Norway looked at data for nearly 27,000 people. They found that both height and obesity increased a man's risk of blood clots.

Those who were both tall and obese were five times as likely to develop the condition.

Heavy, taller women also had an increased risk of clots.

These blood clots often form in the legs. If they break away and travel to the lungs they can be deadly.

Researchers suggest that being taller and heavier impacts the body's ability to pump blood properly, putting people at greater risk of blood clots.