What to know about blood clots: risks and prevention
Concerns about the vaccine, daily habits that increase your risk, and more
The concerns over certain COVID-19 vaccines causing rare life-threatening blood clots in some patients have stirred public consciousness around this particular medical condition, perhaps more than ever before.
The European Medicines Agency estimates that one in 250,000 people vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine will develop blood clots with low platelets, according to an article published in medical journal BMJ in April. Those numbers worried many people, but many others have pointed out that one in 2,000 women each year will develop a blood clot from taking the combined hormonal contraceptive pill, otherwise known as birth control. Additionally, it’s reported that one in 1,000 people each year will develop a blood clot from air travel.
So it’s clear we don’t yet have enough context on blood clots, how common they are, what the effects include, or how we could be increasing our own risk in our daily lives. Click through to learn more.
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