Anyone else think that covid 19 lifestyle changes contributed to their dvt I was diagnosed with antithrombin 3 deficiency when I was age 18 ( 31 year a ago ). I was anti coagulated through my two pregnancies and had never had a blood clot. I am a physiotherapist and my job was active – however in the lockdown due to covid 19 I was put on telephone consultations which meant I was sitting all day and I developed a DVT. I tried to do all the right things – getting up and moving after each call and drinking however I do feel that if covid 19 had not occurred I would not have developed my DVT and that a change of activity levels was my main cause of my DVT development- does anyone have s similar story ?

Hi Susan,

Welcome to our Inspire community. We assume you might mean you are in York, England… If so, it’s great to welcome you here from “across the pond.” 🙂 This space is moderated by staff members with the National Blood Clot Alliance, or NBCA, and we are a non-profit patient advocacy organization located in the United States. We don’t have doctors on staff here to answer questions, but I do hope we can share some information and resources. We also hope you find this a wonderful place for peer support and encouragement.

We’re so sorry to hear you have experienced a DVT, and we understand how frustrating it can be to have that happen when you feel like you tried your hardest to prevent it. Lengthy immobility is a risk factor for blood clots, and as we’re certain you know, so are underlying thrombophilia. You can also learn more about thrombophilia here:

The pandemic has caused a lot of us to change our routines, and even our way of life. It’s certainly an overwhelming time as we all try to adapt to a new way of living, working, and interacting. Experiencing a blood clot on top of that can make things even more difficult. It’s important that you speak with your doctor about all of your risk factors and how best to prevent blood clots in the future. A list like this might be helpful for you to take to your next appointment:

We also have a wonderful resource for people who are recovering from blood clots – our e-Magazine. It discusses a lot of helpful things, and provides encouraging stories too. You can find a first and second edition of the e-Magazine at this link:

We hope you keep in touch with us here, and thank you again for joining us here.

Best wishes,