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can there be any way to detect pulmonary embolism?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience

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A 38-year-old member asked:

Vq scan and pulmonary embolism? How accurate is the scan?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Not realy very: Ventilation/perfusion scan (v/q scan or lung scintigraphy), which shows that some areas of the lung are being ventilated but not perfused with blood (due to obstruction by a clot). This type of examination is used less often because of the more widespread availability of ct technology, however, it may be useful in people who have an allergy to iodinated contrast or in pregnancy. Thanks.
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How would know you were having a pulmonary embolism?

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Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 31 years experience
See Below: Common symptoms are shortness of breath at rest or with activity, chest pain espeicially with breathing, fast heart rate, lightheadedness. There are very specific tests to make or exclude the diagnosis. Seek medical attention asap.
A 46-year-old member asked:

When is it safe to travel again after a pulmonary embolism?

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Dr. Robert Vorhies
Vascular Surgery 25 years experience
Very soon. : Pulmonary embolism occurs on a wide spectrum. If your daily exercise tolerance is reasonably good and you do not require supplementary oxygen, you should be able to fly.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What are the chances of having a pulmonary embolism if you smoke weed?

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Dr. Leonard Lado
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Marihuana embolism: Cannabis may increase the risk of bleeding in a the case of a 15-year-old with a cerebellar infarct that involved multiple arterial territories by martin et al 2000 causing a stroke. While the mechanism of marijuana-associated stroke is unclear, the drug is known to cause hypotension and to impair peripheral vasomotor reflexes. Factor v liden patients are the highest risk.
A 50-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me if there are any way to detect pulmonary embolism?

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Dr. J mark Rheudasil
Vascular Surgery 38 years experience
Yes: The most common way to diagnose a pe is a ct scan with dye (cta). A pulmonary arteriogram is also an excellent means of diagnosis but seldom used as it is more invasive. A nuclear medicine scan (v/q scan) may also be helpful , but, is not as definitive and gives a probably of a pulmonary embolus reported a high, low, or intermediate. A cta is by far the most popular study.

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