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how high is risk of pulmonary embolism in late pregnancy?

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Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
20 years experience Vascular Surgery
Depends on details: Pregnancy is a risk factor for thrombosis "clots", which theoretically also raises your risk of pulmonary embolism. But it is hard to objectively state just how high an individual person's risk is. Factors that contribute include personal history of thromboembolic event, obesity, genetics (hypercoaguable disorder "hd"), acquired "hd", and lifestyle (activity levels, hydration, smoking).
Answered on Jul 13, 2012
Dr. William Walsh
17 years experience Addiction Medicine
Not very: If you don't smoke, are mobile, have no family history of clotting disorders, it's rare to see a pe. It can happen, but not so common as a truck driver or someone with cancer.
Answered on Mar 6, 2013
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Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
20 years experience Vascular Surgery
Not to mention that pulmonary embolism is the #1 cause of maternal death in the United States. See Berg CJ, Atrash HK, Koonin LM, Tucker M. Pregnancy-related mortality in the United States, 1987-1990. Obstet Gynecol. Aug 1996;88(2):161-167.
Jul 14, 2012
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
20 years experience Vascular Surgery
Disagree. Risk is considerably higher than average. You are not describing the typical patient. Consider that in 2005, 10% of PREGNANT women smoke, 66% of the adult population is obese or overweight to begin with, and 2% have a congenital hypercoaguable disorder, and all pregnant women have an acquired hypercoaguable state (pregnancy).
Jul 14, 2012

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