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What causes pulmonary embolism?

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Dr. Robert Alexander
Plastic Surgery 27 years experience
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 infections, varicose veins with poor draining, phlebitis are recognized as common causes of the clotting.
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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Phlebitis: Pulmonary embolism is the complication of inflammation and blood clots forming in veins (phlebitis) and then traveling in the venous system to the heart. The right side of the heart pumps these clots into the pulmonary arteries causing the syndrome of pulmonary embolism. Usually the clots form in the legs or pelvic veins, but can form in the arms as well.
Dr. Sendhil Subramanian
Interventional Radiology 27 years experience
Blood clot: A pulmonary embolism is the result of a blood clot travelling to your lungs. The blood clot (referred to usually as a DVT) is usually found in the veins in one or both of your legs. This breaks loose and travels up through the IVC to the heart and then to your lungs.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What are the most common causes of a pulmonary embolism?

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Dr. Jeffrey DeCaprio
Vascular Surgery 28 years experience
DVT: The most common cause of a pulmonary embolism is deep venous thrombosis . Dvt usually occurs in individuals with trauma , hypercoagulable state, or immobilization. In individuals who have a DVT risk of pe can be 30% without treatment. If the DVT is treated risk of pe is substantially less
A 39-year-old member asked:

What is a pulmonary embolism? What is a pulmonary embolism, what causes it, and what can I do to diminish my risks?

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
A : A pulmonary embolism or a pe is a blood clot (thrombosis) that has embolized or lodged itself in a pulmonary artery (an artery through which all the blood flow in the body has to flow through to get to the lungs). A pe usually arises from a deep venous thrombosis (dvt), typically formed in a vein in the legs or pelvis. Form there, it can dislodge and migrate in the direction of blood flow to the right side of the heart and then the pulmonary arteries. The clot will typically get "stuck" in the pulmonary arteries and block blood flow to that area of lung. This is a potentially very dangerous situation and can result in poor oxygenation and increased stress on the cardiovascular system, principally the right side of the heart. People that are prone to developing dvts and therefore pes are patients who have been diagnosed or are being treated for cancer. Other people that are predisposed are those with a strong family history of blood clots and patients who are undoing major surgery or who are bedridden or immobile. These patients often receive anti-embolism stockings that they wear on their legs as well as sometime receive blood-thinning medications to try and prevent the formation of blood clots. Sometimes, immobility can even refer to a relatively short period of sitting in an inactive position (e.g. During long flights), and simple leg/feet exercising during long flights can be enough to prevent a DVT or pe. See you doctor if you have any of the above predisposing factors for a pe and discuss further options to try and reduce the risk of developing a pe.
A 40-year-old member asked:

I was wondering what are the cause and effect of pulmonary embolism?

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Dr. Pasala Ravichandran
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Vein thrombosis: It is usually deep vein thrombosis. The thrombus can e in deep leg or pelvic veins. Associated with prolonged rest or inactivity like recent surgery or long flights without any leg movements.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Can a pulmonary embolism be caused by being overweight?

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Dr. Frank Mayo
Pulmonary Critical Care 48 years experience
YES: Increased weight can cause impaired blood return from the venous system of the legs or pelvis where clots can form and then migrate to the lung as a pulmonary embolism. Obesity may also impair heart function also increasing the risk for pulmonary embolism.
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A 27-year-old male asked:

Can propranolol cause pulmonary embolism?

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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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