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DVTs and Altitudes

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We are always told that altitudes will cause us to be at a higher risk for a DVT. I am curious, does any one know at what altitude would the risk become higher. For instance, if one went to a town that had an elevation of say 5000 or 6000 sq feet, would one need to take anticoagulants?

Just curious.

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Guest bookie4656

I live at the 5000 foot elevation and have for 30 years. My daughter has acquired protein S and FVL. She had a DVT and ruined some of her valves in her leg. She wears a compression stocking and is on coumadin for ever. She recently went away to college on the Northern California Coast, sea level. Her leg swells just the same there as it did here. Her INR level stayed the same. The altitude really doesn't have any effect on her clotting. My husband has the same genetic factor and hasn't had any clots. There are generalizations about all kinds of things the altitude causes. The only real problem we have with the altitude is the packaging of potatoe chips and ice cream. They blow up and pop when you try to open them. We have very fat bags on our store shelves. I wouldn't worry about elevation until you get above 9000 feet. Karen

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