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how long will it take a 21 yr old healthy female athlete to recover from a pulmonary embolism caused by birth control?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
Pulmonary embolus: It will take 3 months or more and follow up studies to be sure the clot has lysed completely.
Answered on Jan 19, 2017
Dr. Robert Oram
44 years experience Vascular Surgery
Depends on the size : Standard of care is anticoagulation or a year. The symptoms if chest pain, shortness of breath and easy fatigabilty depend on the size of the embolus. The larger and more central the longer the symptoms generally occur. The body has the ability to make and dissolve clot. The blood thinner you would probably be on is designed just to prevent further clot from forming and not to dissolve existing cl.
Answered on Oct 2, 2017
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
Brief: Generally should be quick for thin active athlete. Some time on anticoagulants usually six months and recheck lungs and limbs. Follow with vascular surgeon and lab. But other risk factors? Obesity coagulopathies smoking! can delay process.
Answered on Oct 24, 2017

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