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There are a variety of conditions that can make your blood clot too easily.
Risk factors for clots:
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Clotting disorders: Protein S and Proten C deficiencies, Factor V Leiden, antithrombin III. Ask your doctor for blood tests to identify whether you have any of these. Clotting factors originate in the liver, but there is probably nothing wrong with your liver.
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Take Good Care! Nancy
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These are "clotting factors". For your blood to clot there is a very complex kind of "Chain Reactions" that have to occur. "Clotting factors" all play a part in this chain reaction. If certain clotting factors are low or not working correctly, it can cause your blood to clot when it should not.
These clotting factors, Protein S and C, Factor V Leiden,Antithrobin III, are all part of that chain reaction.
There are blood tests to help dtermine these clotting disorders.
You may well have a clotting disorder or you may NOT have one, but you have some or one of the other risk factors for abnormal clotting that I listed above. By working on those risk factors, you can decrease your risk.
Can you tell me how this clot formed in your arm? Was it from a blood draw?
The hot flashes could be more because of a surgical menopause than being at "that age". Did you have your ovearies removed when you had the hysterectomy? When the ovaries are removed, it puts you into an instant menopause. No, you cannot take hormones to help with that because of the clotting.
Why did you have the hysterectomy?
As for the blood clotting, do what you can to reduce your risk factors for the clots. Lose weight if you are overweight. Increase your activity level and get regular exercise. Quit smoking if you are a smoker. Keep yourself well hydrated. Avoid immobility at all costs! If you are traveling, do not sit for more than an hour at a time without getting up and moving around.
Here is an excellent web site about for people on Coumadin and dealing with blood clots: http://www.ptinr.com/data/pages/default.aspx?u=
And also I just rememeered another clotting disorder you should be tested for called antiphospholipid antibody.
Take Good Care! Please let me know if you have other questions! Nancy