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Dr. Katharine Cox
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Embolus (Overview)

Usually a blood clot that migrates from one area of the body to another. Most commonly a clot from a leg vein to the lung. It can also pertain to a clot, or atheromatous material that moves from one segment to another, such as cholesterol material in a carotid lesion moving into the brain, causing a stroke.


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How does pulmonary embolus interferes with respiratory function?

How does pulmonary embolus interferes with respiratory function?

Blocks blood: The pulmonary embolus blocks blood flow through the lungs, so blood cannot pick up oxygen or cannot be pumped through the lung. The bigger the embolus, the bigger the problem. Patients can die from a big enough embolus, such as a saddle embolus which blocks blood flow to both lungs at the same time. ...Read more

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Dr. Katharine Cox
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Embolus (Overview)

Usually a blood clot that migrates from one area of the body to another. Most commonly a clot from a leg vein to the lung. It can also pertain to a clot, or atheromatous material that moves from one segment to another, such as cholesterol material in a carotid lesion moving into the brain, causing a stroke.


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What are the major signs and symptoms of pulmonary embolus?

What are the major signs and symptoms of pulmonary embolus?

PE symptoms: Some patients with pulmonary embolism have no symptoms whatsoever. So, it is possible to have one and not know it, especially if it is a small clot. If the clot is big enough, most patients will have sudden onset of shortness of breath, chest pain that worsens when breathing deeply, a cough, and a fast pulse. Sometimes people with a pe are lightheaded, dizzy, clammy, and sweaty. ...Read more

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What is an embolus?

What is an embolus?

Blockage of blood: Embolism is something that blocks proper flow of blood in the body. An embolism is usually a blood clot that can forms in your veins or arteries that can lodge in dangerous places in your circulatory system. Venous embolisms can cause catastrophic breathing problems. Air, fat and a few other things can also be a type of embolism that blocks blood flow. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose a pulmonary embolism?

How do you diagnose a pulmonary embolism?

CT scan: The gold standard for diagnosing a pulmonary embolism is a ct scan of the chest with IV contrast. D-dimer (a blood test) may be used a s a screening tool, if that is negative, your chances of having a thromboembolic event are really low. For people intolerant of IV contrast, or with renal insufficiency, a v/q scan (ventilation-perfusion scan) may be used. ...Read more

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What are the tests for pulmonary embolus?

What are the tests for pulmonary embolus?

PE testing: If your history is strongly suggestive that you might have a 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. Ventilation-perfusion scans and pulmonary angiography are done infrequently these days as long as a ct scan can be done. ...Read more

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I just wanted to know can embolus travel into brain causing an aneurysm?

I just wanted to know can embolus travel into brain causing an aneurysm?

Yes and no: An embolus can travel to the brain. No it will not cause an aneurysm. It could, however, cause a stroke by blocking the blood supply. ...Read more

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What is the cause of cardiovascular embolus?

What is the cause of cardiovascular embolus?

Typically bloodclots: Cardiovascular embolism typically would be due to a blood clot that formed in the heart or along the arterial or venous circulation. Common causes would be atrial fibrillation (abnormal rhythm leading to stagnant blood), a heart attack or cardiomyopathy causing weak heart, or a blood clotting disorder or local injury leading to a venous blood clot in peripheral vein or pelvis. Rarely chol or air. ...Read more

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How would I know if I had a pulmonary embolism? Would it occur suddenly or gradually? And if I have low blood pressure does that mean im in the clear?

How would I know if I had a pulmonary embolism? Would it occur suddenly or gradually? And if I have low blood pressure does that mean im in the clear?

Pulmonary embolism: Occurs suddenly, associated with shortness of breath, pain with deep breath, sometimes coughing up blood. Often caused by a clot in the leg traveling to the lung. This condition requires immediate treatment, preferably in the hospital. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat an embolism on my biceps?

What is the best way to treat an embolism on my biceps?

Depends on symptoms: How do you know you have an embolus? What are your symptoms? (how does it hurt?). ...Read more

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Would my husbands symptoms after a saddle embolism of pulmonary artery have been different if it were treated earlier?

Would my husbands symptoms after a saddle embolism of pulmonary artery have been different if it were treated earlier?

Likely same: The symptoms are size and location related.
If a peripheral clot had been identified and treated, it may have been possibly prevented
from becoming an embolus. ...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 is the cure and cause of embolism (blood clot) in her leg and one in each lung. Now a lung has collapsed?

What is the cure and cause of embolism (blood clot) in her leg and one in each lung. Now a lung has collapsed?

Blood thinners.: Cause can be from medications (birthcontrol), inactivity or genetic predispositions. Many causes and need to review with her doctor. Treatment depends on severity. If compromised blood pressure possible clot breaker. Rarely used anymore unless unstable pt. Typically blood thinners to prevent clot from getting bigger. Oral and injectable available.
Not sure about collapsed lung? Could have many meaning. ...Read more

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If you didn't know you had a DVT, could exercise be good for a clot and bust it and get rid of it or would it turn it into a pulmonary embolism?

If you didn't know you had a DVT, could exercise be good for a clot and bust it and get rid of it or would it turn it into a pulmonary embolism?

DVT: If someone suspects they have a DVT, they should always seek medical treatment. It can only be safely dissolved with specific medications monitored by a doctor, often in the hospital. ...Read more

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Warfarin is dangerous to take with other drugs, do I really need to take it for my pulmonary embolism?

Warfarin is dangerous to take with other drugs, do I really need to take it for my pulmonary embolism?

Yes...: Warfarin is necessary in the treatment of pulmonary embolism or pe. The initial clot will allow more clot to form until the initial clot is destroyed by your body's own system. So, to prevent further clot from forming, a blood thinner is needed. There are other injectable blood thinners so see your doctor to discuss alternatives to warfarin. ...Read more

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Docs, could a cerebral embolism be due to genetics?

Embolism cause: Rarely are embolisms due to genetics. An embolism is a piece of material that goes from one place in the circulation to another usually causing and organ damage. Theoretically they can be related to genetics if you were to inherit a clotting disorder or a propensity to develop plaque on your vessels. Certain coagulopathies (conditions which make you prone to clot) can be inherited. ...Read more

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Why should people with peripheral vascular disease avoid wearing anti-embolism stockings?

Why should people with peripheral vascular disease avoid wearing anti-embolism stockings?

Mostly myth: Unless a person has extremely severe peripheral arterial disease, there is no concern about having them wear anti-embolism stockings. They have so little pressure that they will not effect blood flow in anyone other than those with extraordinarily bad blood flow to their lower legs. ...Read more

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What is an embolus?

Blockage of blood: Embolism is something that blocks proper flow of blood in the body. An embolism is usually a blood clot that can forms in your veins or arteries that can lodge in dangerous places in your circulatory system. Venous embolisms can cause catastrophic breathing problems. Air, fat and a few other things can also be a type of embolism that blocks blood flow. ...Read more

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