A 57-year-old female asked:

Pulminary embolisms, should i expect pulse rate and blood pressure to be elevated during recovery. pe's developed about 2 weeks after valve replacement surgery. i am femail, 57 years old.

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Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Increase pulse: Pe will cause increase heart rate but does not affect blood pressure unless large pe and this cause drop in blood pressure . In case of recurrent pe patient may develop pulmonary hypertention in chronic cases and this may cause hypertention . If after any cardiac surgery you develop fast pulse you need to be checked for arrhythmia especially atrial fibrillation.
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Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Yes and no: Pulse rate may be routinely elevated after pe, blood pressure usually not. Are you getting enough oxygen? If you don't have an oximeter at home, get yourself checked. Also, i assume you are taking your blood thinners.
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Last updated Mar 26, 2013


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