Infections could increase deep vein thrombosis risk

April 5, 2012 3:07:13 PM PDT
Infections could raise an older adult's risk of a dangerous blood clot known as deep vein thrombosis, or DVT.

A new study in the journal Circulation finds, if an older adult suffers say a urinary, skin or respiratory infection after a hospital or nursing home stay, the risk of DVT can rise nearly sevenfold.

In people who develop infections at home researchers found a threefold increased risk of a clot within 90 days.

DVTs typically begin in the legs, but can also travel to the lungs, which can be fatal.