We all know that the blood in our bodies has specific tasks - one of them being the ability to form clots. Whenever you cut or nick yourself, your blood forms a clot to prevent you from bleeding out. Without the blood’s ability to clot, every minor cut would lead to a medical emergency. But what happens when the blood clot occurs where it shouldn’t?
What are the types of VTE and what are the symptoms?
We know two types of VTE’s - they are set apart by where in your body they form.
Prevention is key!
Does taking oral contraception affect my chances of venous thromboembolism?
Increased estrogen, often caused by birth control pills, can increase your risk of a VTE up to 4 times.
If you are genetically inclined to this disease and take oral contraceptives, this risk can increase to as high as 35 times!
How do I know if I am genetically predisposed to VTE?
GenePlanet developed a simple, yet reliable DNA test which can tell you if you are more likely to develop venous thromboembolism based on your genetic predispositions.
This test is called VeniSafe - by giving your saliva, the test checks for the presence of five genetic variants that have a scientifically proven link with the development of VTE.
By knowing if you are genetically predisposed to VTE, you can pay attention to preventative measures mentioned earlier and save yourself from a long-term recovery.
Keep yourself safe and test with VeniSafe.
If you want to try it out and take your future into your own hands, see more here.