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Is pulmonary embolism a long lasting disease?

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Dr. Henry Bloom
Family Medicine 48 years experience
Once you have had an emolism, depending on the reason, there is almost always cause for continued vigilance. There will certainly be a need to give blood thinners for months to years, and likely lifelong.
Dr. Sarkis Banipalsin
Specializes in Family Medicine
May acute or chronic: Sometimes they are chronic or long lasting. It depends on medical history, medication, and treatments. Not always symptomatic. Chronic embolisms may be asymptomatic. Sometimes they are found accidentally.
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 27 years experience
No: Pulmonary embolism is not typically a long lasting disease unless you are having chronic or multiple pulmonary emboli over time.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Depends...: It depends on the etiology of the pulmonary embolism as well as the size of the pe. There is a disease called chronic thromboembolic disease and patients with this have recurrent blood clots. There are also congenital clotting defects which lead to recurrent clots. If a large pe occurs, there can be chronic sequelae. There is treatment available once a diagnosis like this is made.

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