What increases my risk for upper GI bleeding?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

There are many different risk factors for GI bleeding. Most times, GI bleeding is found in those of an older age. Some think this is because of increased pain medication usage, which can attribute to GI bleeding. Additionally previous ulcers may increase your risk for developing GI bleeding. In addition to these risk factors, GI bleeding is also associated with frequent usage of alcohol, and medications such as steroids, and anticoagulants.

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