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what does an embolism feel like?

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Dr. Devin Namaky
Obstetrics and Gynecology 14 years experience
Depends: Depends on the kind of embolism, but classically pulmonary embolism presents with shortness of breath and chest pain.
Dr. Trushar Dungarani
Internal Medicine 12 years experience
Chest pain : Chest pain, shortness of breath are the most common. Coughing up blood, mild fever can also happen. Fast heart rate may be another sign. You will feel more winded while walking. This is the most common type of embolism. You can also have embolism in your brain, heart and anywhere your arteries go too. You can have a stroke or problem in any body part the emboli goes too.

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What is an embolus?

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Dr. Sarab Alfata
Family Medicine 20 years experience
In the bloodstream: Embolus: something that travels through the bloodstream, lodges in a blood vessel and blocks it. Examples of emboli are a detached blood clot, a clump of bacteria, and foreign material such as air.
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What is an embolism? What causes it?

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Clot that travels: An embolism occurs when a clot (thrombus) that has formed in an artery or a vein that breaks off and travels (an embolus) to a distant vessel where it lodges and causes blockage of the vessel. If it starts in a vein and goes to the lungs, it is a pulmonary embolism. If an embolus travels to the brain, it can cause a stroke. Anywhere there is a blood vessel, an embolism can occur.
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In embolus-type strokes, what is the usual source?

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Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 45 years experience
Heart: Most strokes are associated with hardening of the arteries and formation of clots in the carotid artery in the neck. These produce small emboli to the brain, but when we speak of major embolic strokes, we generally think of origin in the heart, either from atrial fibrillation (abnormal contractions of the top of the heart), heart valves, or loss of movement of the heart wall.
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Is an embolism the cause of a stroke?

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Dr. Christopher White
Cardiology 43 years experience
Yes: Cerebrovascular embolism of a clot, plaque, tumor, valvular vegetation, or air bubble can cause a stroke by blocking a small brain artery which deprives a portion of the brain tissue its oxygen supply resulting in stroke.
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Please tell me what does an embolism feel like, what causes it?

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Dr. William Galli
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Depends on size.: Small emboli one will not feel.These will be found on ct or v/q scan based on symptoms.If clot is large enough then one may have severe pain localized to the area of clot.This is due to the size of the clot and lack of blood flow(pulmonary infarct) typical clots symptoms are acute shortness of breath with a normal chest xray.Clots in the legs may be painful and break off -travel to lungs-common.

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