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what will cause a pulmonary embolism besides surgery?

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Dr. Mazen Ghani
Radiology 24 years experience
Pulmonary embolism: Has also be associated with extended travel (sitting in a car, airplane, train, etc), hospitalization or prolonged bed rest, smoking, birth control pills, cancer, pregnancy, genetic predisposition most commonly factor v leiden deficiency, protein c or protein s deficiencies and Antithrombin iii deficiency.
Dr. George Ciechanowski
Pulmonary Critical Care 40 years experience
Immobility: Prolonged immobility i.e. Air travel or other can cause thrombosis and then embolization to the lungs.
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
Many other things: Genetic predisposition, autoimmune diseases such as lupus, cancer, smoking, birth-control pills to name a few.

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Is a catheter needed for gallbladder surgery?

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It depends: Whether a urinary catheter is needed depends on the length of the operation as well as surgeon preference. Sometimes a catheter is placed for the operation only and removed before a patient wakes up from anesthesia. If the operation is uncomplicated and only involves taking out the gallbladder, then this is usually short enough to not need a catheter.
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Are heart attacks linked to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

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A 31-year-old member asked:

How can I help manage my pulmonary and pedal edema symptoms?

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Dr. Eric Trattner
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Elevate & compress: The best self treatment would be to elevate your feet (above your heart) when sitting & elevate the foot of the bed while sleeping. Also compression stockings should be applied every morning before getting out of bed.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
I agree with the above with the caveat this is discussed with your Internist or specialist as while attempting to remove the swelling from the foot you would not want to overload the heart or lungs.
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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I agree with the above with the caveat you discuss this plan with your internist or specialist. The reason by attempting to remove swelling of the foot you would want to make sure you are not overloading your heart or lungs.
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A 41-year-old member asked:

If I have incontinence due to prostate surgery how should I measure the extent for my doctor?

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Dr. Simon Kimm
Urology 16 years experience
A few ways...: Quantifying leakage is valuable to the urologist seeking to manage incontinence, but it is difficult to do. Some provide the doctor with a 'pad count', or simply the number of pads used per day. A more accurate way is by pad weight. To do this, place used pads in a plastic bag (i.e. Ziploc) & weigh it. Then subtract the weight of the bag and the same number of dry pads. Add up the weights daily.

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