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what are the symptoms of air embolism?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Symptoms....: Air embolism is very serious and is often life-threatening. Symptoms can include sudden onset of shortness of breath, chest pain, hallucinations, passing out, low oxygen levels, cardiac arrhythmias, etc. There also needs to be a way for air to enter the bloodstream, travel to the heart/lungs and obstruct. This always requires emergent care and can be deadly.
Dr. Bryan Treacy
Gynecology 35 years experience
Severe: An air embolism can cause cardiopulmonary collapse and death. I would say you don't have an air embolism.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

What sort of problem is an air embolism?

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Air emolism: This is serious. Is common in scuba divers diving deeper than 60 feet. Basically you blood which is liquid becomes bubbelish (like when you open a soda can) causing lack of oxygen to your brain. It can kill you instanly.
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What are the most common symptoms of fat embolism?

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Shortness of breath: Shortness of breath, chest pain, and cough are some of the most common symptoms of fat embolism.
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Will fat embolism kill me if I don't get treatment?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
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Possibly: If severe enough, fat embolism can be life threatening. Some degree of fat embolism usually occurs with most major orthopedic procedures.
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What symptoms of a fat embolism are the most important?

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Dr. Samuel Hunter
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Strokes and hypoxia: Fat emboli cause two very serious problems. The most common is blockage of blood flow in the lungs. The other is blockage of blood flow to the brain, should they pass through the heart.
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How long does it take for symptoms of air embolism to show?

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Dr. James Goodrich
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Air embolism: An air embolism is usually an immediate effect, typically occurs during a surgery where air is introduced into the blood - these can be severe events if not detected.

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