Published Sept. 5, 2017

Height Disadvantage

Tall people are more likely to develop a type of life-threatening blood clot called venous thromboembolism, or VTE, a new study shows.

Percent of men with VTE

Shorter than 5’ 2”

0.7%

 

5’ 2” to 5’ 5”

0.9%

 

5’ 6” 5’ 9”

1.1%

 

5’ 9” to 6’ 2”

1.3%

 

6’ 2” or taller

1.7%

 

Percent of women with VTE

Shorter than 5’ 1”

0.8%

 

5’ 1” to 5’ 4”

1%

 

5’ 4” to 5’ 7”

1.2%

 

5’ 7” to 6 feet

1.5%

 

6’ 1” or taller

2.4%

Source: Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics; heights rounded to nearest inch