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Thrombosis is the formation of a blood clot inside a blood vessel, preventing the flow of blood through the circulatory system. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is the most common form of venous thrombosis (blood clot). DVT refers to a clot in a deep vein and it often happens in the leg. Symptoms in the affected area include pain, swelling, redness and warmth.
If you suspect a DVT you should contact a doctor as soon as possible, because sometimes the clot may break loose and travel to other parts of the body.
If the clot travels to the lungs, it can block essential blood vessels. This life-threatening complication is known as a pulmonary embolism (PE). Symptoms include a sudden shortness of breath, chest pain, coughing up blood-streaked mucus and a rapid heartbeat.
If the clot travels to the brain, it is also extremely dangerous and can potentially cause a cerebral venous thrombosis. Symptoms include impaired speech, difficulty moving parts of the body, vision problems and severe headaches.
Every year, more people die from a blood-clotting problem than breast cancer and HIV combined. All that is needed is a simple mouth swab to uncover your risk with this DNA test.
Genetic changes in three genes are analyzed in this thrombotic risk test. Each change contributes to an increased risk of thrombosis.
- F5 – the Factor V Leiden mutation (1691G>A)
- F2 – the prothrombin mutation (20210G>A)
- MTHFR – two mutations (677C>T and 1298A>C)
We inherit two copies of each gene – one from each parent. Therefore we can inherit two normal copies of a gene (homozygous normal), two copies that carry a genetic mutation (homozygous mutant), or one normal copy and one mutated copy (heterozygous). This means that we can inherit several different combinations of the F5, F2 and MTHFR genes. Each combination is associated with a different risk of thrombophilia.
Reducing your Risk of a Blood Clot:
- Maintain a healthy body weight
- Follow a healthy diet
- Increase your blood flow with exercise
- Avoid extended periods of immobility
- Avoid smoking
- Reduce homocysteine levels by getting plenty of folate and other B vitamins
- Wear compression stocking on long flights
- If your risk is very high, seek medical treatment (e.g. anticoagulants)
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Get Started in 3 Easy Steps
Get Started in 3 Easy Steps
1. Activate Kit
Activate your kit online at genofit.com by entering the unique activation code found inside your kit.
2. Collect & Mail Sample
Simply collect your sample at home, then mail your sample directly to the lab with free return shipping.
3. View Results
Receive your results within 5-7 business days after the lab receives your kit.
Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions about this test.