TOO TALL FOR COMFORT
Being tall may put you at a higher risk of developing blood clots in your veins. The taller you are, the greater your risk of having a venous thromboembolism – a blood clot that forms in a vein. In a Swedish study, published in the American Heart Association journal ‘Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics’, the risk of venous thromboembolism for men shorter than five feet three inches dropped 65% compared to men taller than six feet two inches. Researchers suggest that gravity may play a role. There is more gravitational pressure in the legs of taller people. That can work against the upward flow of blood through the veins to the heart.