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Dr. Neil Halin
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Blood Clot In Lung (Overview)

Pulmonary embolus is a condition where there is a blockage, either by a blood clot, air, or fat, of the pulmonary (lung) blood vessels.


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What does blood clot in the lungs (pulmonary embolus) show on ventilation perfusion scan?

What does blood clot in the lungs (pulmonary embolus) show on ventilation perfusion scan?

Lack of blood flow: A ventilation perfusion scan is a test for a blood clot in the lungs, or pulmonary embolism. If there is a blood clot, an area of the lung will not be perfused, but will be ventilated, and therefore a mismatch will be seen. ...Read more

Dr. Neil Halin
369 Doctors shared insights

Blood Clot In Lung (Overview)

Pulmonary embolus is a condition where there is a blockage, either by a blood clot, air, or fat, of the pulmonary (lung) blood vessels.


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Friend on facebook just diagnosed with blood clots in the lung. In my country we never heard that term. Is that something new?

Friend on facebook just diagnosed with blood clots in the lung. In my country we never heard that term. Is that something new?

Ie Pulmonary embolus: Blood clots in the lungs are not new. The medical term for them is pulmonary embolism (pe). Pe can occur for many reasons, and often times result from blood clots in the veins in the legs that break off and get trapped in the vessels in the lungs. They can lead to breathing difficulty and even death if severe. Treatment involves blood thinners and/or surgery to dissolve or remove the clots. ...Read more

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How do they test for blood clots in your lungs?

Ct scan: A ct scan of the chest is usually done with IV contrast to localize and verify if there is a blood clot in lungs. Sometimes they can do another radiological test called ventilation perfusion scan but these are less reliable. ...Read more

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What are the tests for blood clot in lung?

What are the tests for blood clot in lung?

CT of lungs: The beginning of all good testing is having the doctor take a good history and do a good physical exam. If the results are strongly suggestive of someone having a blood clot in the lungs (pulmonary embolism-pe), then a blood test called a d-dimer might be ordered. If that is low, you don't have a clot. If high, the gold standard of testing for a pe is a spiral cat scan of the lungs with infusion. ...Read more

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Best medication to treat blood clot in lung?

Best medication to treat blood clot in lung?

Complicated: Depending on why you got a blood clot and other conditions present at the time of the diagnosis of the clot you might be getting different medications. For example if there is also a diagnosis of cancer a physician might be more inclined to use an injection instead of a pill to treat a lung clot. Your risk of bleeding, kidney function and other medications present will determine which the best is. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for blood clots in the lung (pulmonary embolus)?

What is the treatment for blood clots in the lung (pulmonary embolus)?

Acute PE: Treatment of a pulmonary embolus essentially depends on the clinical symptoms at the time of diagnosis. The symptoms can be many and varied. Treatment options:. Blood thinners, thrombolytic s, ivc filter or embolectomy (surgical removal of blood clots). First priority is to stabilize patient if needed. The decision tree will be based on what is deemed most effective for the patient ...Read more

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What are the best treatments for blood clots in the lung?

What are the best treatments for blood clots in the lung?

Heparin warfarin: Heparin (an anticoagulant is started immediately). Eventually, most patients are switched to a pill medication - typically Coumadin (aka warfarin) is started after a few days and continued for several months. Some patients have a filter placed in the large abdominal vein (inferior vena cava) to decrease the risk of subsequent clots. ...Read more

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If medications can't shrink or get rid of the blood clot in my lungs, will I need surgery to get it out?

If medications can't shrink or get rid of the blood clot in my lungs, will I need surgery to get it out?

Maybe: Pulmonary embolectomy is not a commonly done procedure, but some surgeons specialize in it. Can also try through catheter. If it is necessary in your case, you will be referred. Not usually necessary. ...Read more

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What natural remedy to prevent blood clots in the lungs when you are traveling?

What natural remedy to prevent blood clots in the lungs when you are traveling?

Nattokinase/Vit E &: There is significant risk of blood clots in the legs on long flights, which can travel to the lungs. Walking some every hour or two should help. Drink lots of fluids. Wobenzym, vitalzym, nattokinase & lumbrokinase are the most effective natural blood thinners (any one of these is adequate). Other supplements that prevent clots include vitamin e, garlic, ginger and turmeric/curcumin. ...Read more

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Are there good ways to avoid blood clots in the lung?

Yes: Stay out of the hospital (its one of the more common complications of being confined to a bed) stay active, don't smoke, and pick the right grandparents (risk for blood clots is partially hereditary). Other known risk factors include looooong flights or car rides without intermittent exercise (over 5 hours), obesity, contraceptive use, and heart failure. Prior clots are the biggest risk factor. ...Read more

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What are the tests for blood clot in lung?

CT of lungs: The beginning of all good testing is having the doctor take a good history and do a good physical exam. If the results are strongly suggestive of someone having a blood clot in the lungs (pulmonary embolism-pe), then a blood test called a d-dimer might be ordered. If that is low, you don't have a clot. If high, the gold standard of testing for a pe is a spiral cat scan of the lungs with infusion. ...Read more

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Best medication to treat blood clot in lung?

Complicated: Depending on why you got a blood clot and other conditions present at the time of the diagnosis of the clot you might be getting different medications. For example if there is also a diagnosis of cancer a physician might be more inclined to use an injection instead of a pill to treat a lung clot. Your risk of bleeding, kidney function and other medications present will determine which the best is. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a blood clot in lung?

What are the symptoms of a blood clot in lung?

Shortness of breath: Blod clot migrating to the lung is called a pulmonary embolus. Most common is a DVT from the leg. ...Read more

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Can I die from blood clot in lung if I ignore it?

Can I die from blood clot in lung if I ignore it?

Possibly...: Blood clots in the lung can be life-threatening depending on the size and location of the clot. Patients can also get small, asymptomatic and non-life-threatening clots as well. If symptoms like shortness of breath and/or chest pain occur, it is imperative that the person seek evaluation by a doctor, usually in the er so diagnosis and treatment can be given so death hopefully does not occur. ...Read more

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Blood clot on lung. I'm scared, what do you recommend?

Blood clot on lung. I'm scared, what do you recommend?

Compliance: You're right to be scared. Forget any "pop" remedies / advice and do exactly as you are told. Consider asking for a consultation from a focused internist. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Will a blood clot in lung stop me from going on my vacation?

Will a blood clot in lung stop me from going on my vacation?

No: As long as you are taking a blood thinner and will not be doing activities that could cause bleeding, then vacation should be fine. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm having symptoms of blood clot in lungs and was wondering what is the test for it?

I'm having symptoms of blood clot in lungs and was wondering what is the test for it?

CT Chest.: If someone has symptoms consistent with blood clot in the lungs, CT Chest with contrast is obtained for further evaluation.. If CT cannot be obtained, VQ Scan can determine the probability of a clot in lung. You should see go to Emergency room or see your doctor ASAP to determine f that test is indicated. A physician will also evaluate other diseases that can have similar symptoms. ...Read more

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I have a blood clot in lungs, what to do?

I have a blood clot in lungs, what to do?

This will require: Compliance with medical treatment. A pulmonary embolism can be quite serious. ...Read more

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I have blood clots in lungs will I have it rest of life?

I have blood clots in lungs will I have it rest of life?

Blood clots: No, you should not have this for the rest of your life and your doctor (s) have to pay close attention to your health. Things should work out OK - please keep me posted. ...Read more

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Could 5 days of clexane 150mg clear small blood clot on lungs?

Could 5 days of clexane 150mg clear small blood clot on lungs?

No: Clexane does not clear existing blood clots, the body does. Clexane prevents new clots from forming. Treatment of blood clots, once they have formed, should be no less than three months. Clexane is often used as an overlap with another blood thinner coumadin (warfarin). Once the Coumadin (warfarin) is working clexane can be stopped. ...Read more

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My dad has a blood clot in lung, is this serious?

My dad has a blood clot in lung, is this serious?

Depends: I would say a blood clot in the lung is serious but there are small clots and then there are large clots and depending where the clot goes determines how much damage is done and the severity of the pulmonary embolus. Figuring out the cause and where it coming from and getting on the right medication is the hard part. ...Read more

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Is it normal or part of a sypmtom for me to have chest pain in the middle of my chest with a blood clot in lung?

Is it normal or part of a sypmtom for me to have chest pain in the middle of my chest with a blood clot in lung?

Pulmonary emboli: Pulmonary emboli (blood clots in the arteries of the lung) can cause chest pain from either damage to the lining of the lung (pleura), or strain on the heart. The second usually only occurs if the clot is large and the heart is sick. Talk to your pulmonologist about your chest pain. ...Read more

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How long can someone who suffered a massive stroke at 42 and has now developed blood clots in lung expect to live?

How long can someone who suffered a massive stroke at 42 and has now developed blood clots in lung expect to live?

Tough to say: First of all, sorry to hear about this unfortunate turn of events. When the lungs become blocked with clots, the symptoms can range from none at all to immediate end-of-life. Thus, it's impossible to give your specific answer to this question. It depends almost entirely on the symptoms from the stroke and the extent of blockage in the long blood vessels. Good luck. ...Read more

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Friend had a blood clot in lung. He is fine now but is on blood thinners. Will this be needed life long? What can cause? Nothing mentioned.

Friend had a blood clot in lung. He is fine now but is on blood thinners. Will this be needed life long? What can cause? Nothing mentioned.

Depending: Depends on many things. Young patients with blood clots and/or family history of blood clots need to be screened for hereditary causes. Also doctors look for provoking factors such as long car trips, recent surgery, cancer. The above info is used to make a decision if lifelong anti coagulation is needed... ...Read more

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Blood clot in lung in lower lobe, what to do?

Blood clot in lung in lower lobe, what to do?

This is: Potentially quite serious. You need to talk with your doc immediately to pursue treatment options. ...Read more

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Do doctors see a lot of patients with blood clot in lung?

Do doctors see a lot of patients with blood clot in lung?

In certain settings: In primary care clinic, sometimes. In emergency room or intensive care unit, can be fairly frequently. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


Blood Clot (Definition)

A blood clot or thrombus is the final step of the coagulation cascade. It is a good thing when your body is trying to stop blood loss, however a blood clot can form in the veins after prolonged periods of immobility. This type of like ...Read more