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How dangerous are blood clots in the lung after an airplane flight?

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Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Vascular Surgery 20 years experience
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 embolus that blocks large amounts of flow to the lung can cause symptoms including shortness of breath and even cardiac arrest. Unexpected shortness of breath should always be considered an emergency and evaluated by a doctor right away!
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 46 years experience
Note: On long flights the incidence is 4.8 per million. Uncommon. Get up an move about. The risk is increased with obesity, smoking, oral contraceptives etc
Aug 9, 2012

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