Can lupus put me at risk for blood clots?

Diana K. Blythe, MD
Lupus can put you at risk for blood clots in a few different ways. First, a good number of people with lupus make antibodies which make clots more likely. Second, people with lupus have chronic inflammation in their blood vessels. Any inflammation of the blood vessels can make clots more likely. Lastly, people with lupus can have chronic pain. Chronic pain can cause people to lead sedentary lifestyles. By slowing down the movement of blood, you have an additional risk factor for blood clots.

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