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Embolus

A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarab Alfata
19 years experience in Family Medicine
In the bloodstream: Embolus: something that travels through the bloodstream, lodges in a blood vessel and blocks it. Examples of emboli are a detached blood clot, a clump ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ankush Bansal
16 years experience in Internal Medicine
Sorta: Embolus is the actual clot that has migrated. Embolism is the process/condition that has resulted in an embolus somewhere in the body.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
23 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Embolus: Yes.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Larry Hollier
52 years experience in Vascular Surgery
A clot that moves..: Usually a blood clot that migrates from one area of the body to another. Most commonly a clot from a leg vein to the lung . It can also pertain to a ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
28 years experience in Internal Medicine
Yes....: A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot in the blood vessels in the lung. Symptoms range from no symptoms to death, depending in the size and location of ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Galli
26 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Yes: Newer guidelines from accp recommend long term blood thinning. Also the primary cause may be determined and this will increase your risk for them to r ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Alexander
26 years experience in Plastic Surgery
Small clot fragments: Common cause is separation of small clots in the venous system (such as the leg, etc) which return to heart and lodge in the lungs. Trauma, some infe ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience in Ophthalmology
Blood supply loss: A pulmonary embolus is mostly when a blood clot from the lower part of the body, gets loose, passes through the right side of the heart and lodges in ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Iafrati
35 years experience in Vascular Surgery
It depends.: Two critical issues. Volume of air and where the air goes. For example if a small amount of air enters a vein and travels through an intact heart to t ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted King
Dr. Ted King answered
39 years experience in Phlebology
PE symptoms: Some patients with pulmonary embolism have no symptoms whatsoever. So, it is possible to have one and not know it, especially if it is a small clot. ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
20 years experience in Vascular Surgery
Usually clots: Typically it is clots traveling from an area of thrombosis like leg deep veins thrombosis DVT , clots will break loose and get stuck in the pulmonary/ ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Walter Pierce
35 years experience in Cardiology
Cause and effect: An embolus is something that can float through blood and then plugs the flow. It's usually a blood clot or air. A pulmonary infarct occurs when the em ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: A leading cause of initially unexplained death.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
19 years experience in Vascular Surgery
Can be deadly: The size of the clot dictates how dangerous it is. Very very tiny emboli may not have much clinical consequence, unless it happens frequently. A large ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Walter Pierce
35 years experience in Cardiology
Block in lung artery: An embolus is something that can float through blood and then plugs the flow. It's usually a blood clot or air. A pulmonary infarct occurs when the em ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher White
42 years experience in Cardiology
Imaging study: Either an angiogram or lung scan can be used. A noninvasive angiogram with a ct scan is most common today.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience in General Surgery
Variable: Some are subtle, and escape detection. Others are instantly lethal. Full range in between. Cause, size , degree of lung obstructed as well as pre ... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
I do not: Associate beta blocker therapy with DVT directly. And DVT is the usual cause of pe, so i would say no association.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Difficult diagnosis: The first step in diagnosing pulmonary embolus is clinical suspicion. Investigations may include chest x-ray and ct scan, d-dimer lab tests, ventilat ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rick Koch
Dr. Rick Koch answered
21 years experience in Cardiology
Yes : Depending upon severity and other comorbodities.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerry Light
35 years experience in Vascular Surgery
No: I'm guessing that you mean a heart that lays low in the chest. This would not cause pulmonary embolism; in fact the position of the heart would have n ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Brockenbrough
48 years experience in Thoracic Surgery
Yes and no: An embolus can travel to the brain. No it will not cause an aneurysm. It could, however, cause a stroke by blocking the blood supply.
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Michaels
52 years experience in Urology
No: Not hereditary.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cynthia Thaik
30 years experience in Cardiology
Typically bloodclots: Cardiovascular embolism typically would be due to a blood clot that formed in the heart or along the arterial or venous circulation. Common causes wo ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nestor Del rosario
33 years experience in Addiction Medicine
Many: There are many who have survived and have done well with anticoagulation or filter use to prevent further enlarging pe.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
31 years experience in General Surgery
Rupture PA fatal: The pulmonary artery is large, with pressure lower than systemic pressure. So, yes a rupture, tear, of laceration in the pulmonary artery (or one of i ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Garland Martin
26 years experience in Internal Medicine
Ddimer: would not totally exclude dvt or pe other testing would be needed
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Lin
Dr. James Lin answered
50 years experience in Urology
Here are some...: A 400-letter space is impossible to address many indicated subjects as questioned here. Why not type in the terms as keywords to search online? Thereb ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Weeks
44 years experience in Family Medicine
Pulmonary embolism: Occurs suddenly, associated with shortness of breath, pain with deep breath, sometimes coughing up blood. Often caused by a clot in the leg traveling ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
38 years experience in Thoracic Surgery
Embolus and infarct : Embolus is clot migration to pulmonary artery causing clinical symptoms. Lung infarct means death or necrosis of lung tissue. Pulmonary embolus is on ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Sanders
66 years experience in Vascular Surgery
Depends on symptoms: How do you know you have an embolus? What are your symptoms? (how does it hurt?).
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
28 years experience in Vascular Surgery
Yes: A deep vein thrombosis or DVT is a clot in the deep veins. This usually refers to the legs but can certainly occur elsewhere. If a DVT breaks off and ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience in General Surgery
Likely same: The symptoms are size and location related. If a peripheral clot had been identified and treated, it may have been possibly prevented from becoming ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted King
Dr. Ted King answered
39 years experience in Phlebology
CT scan of lungs: The beginning of all good testing is having the doctor take a good history and do a good physical exam. If the results are strongly suggestive of some ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Galli
26 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Blood thinners.: Cause can be from medications(birthcontrol), inactivity or genetic predispositions. Many causes and need to review with her doctor.Treatment depends o ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michelle Achor
15 years experience in Podiatry
DVT: If someone suspects they have a DVT, they should always seek medical treatment. It can only be safely dissolved with specific medications monitored by ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
30 years experience in Family Medicine
Yes: You are correct in that warfarin can interact with many different medications, however, it is not necessarily "dangerous" but just requires closer mon ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience in Pediatrics
Alcohol: Drinking alcohol and taking birth control pills cn make you more prone for another embolus
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Dibert
30 years experience in Neurology
Embolism cause: Rarely are embolisms due to genetics. An embolism is a piece of material that goes from one place in the circulation to another usually causing and o ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. J mark Rheudasil
37 years experience in Vascular Surgery
Not related: Exercise and working out should not cause an embolism.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vicken Pamoukian
24 years experience in General Surgery
No: Anti-embolsim stockings can cause further decrease in blood circulation in the legs and cause ischemia to the legs.
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