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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
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Air Embolism (Definition)

Blood vessels are made to carry blood - liquid. A small amount of air in a vessel is not usually a big deal as it will be absorbed into the blood. Larger volumes of air (10 mL or larger) can be significant to block blood flow in that vessel. That is bad in the brain (stroke) and really bad in the heart because ...Read more


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Can queefing cause air embolism?

No: It has not been mentioned in the commonly known causes of air embolim. Two things are required for air embolism pressure gradient and vascular. Access like blood vessel. ...Read more

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Can a low heart cause pulmonary embolism?

Can a low heart cause pulmonary embolism?

No: I'm guessing that you mean a heart that lays low in the chest. This would not cause pulmonary embolism; in fact the position of the heart would have no effect on pulmonary embolism, which is caused by clots in veins (usually in the legs or pelvis) breaking loose and traveling to the lung. ...Read more

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Pulmonary emboli or blood clots in the lung; deadly? Very dangerous?

Pulmonary emboli or blood clots in the lung; deadly?  Very dangerous?

Yes. : Pulmonary embolism is often fatal but it really depends on the size of the clot that travels to the lung. Small clots may not even be noticed but large ones completely stop lung circulation and exchange of oxygen resulting in rapid death. ...Read more

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Could forced drinking cause noncardiogenic pulmonary edema in elderlies?

Could forced drinking cause noncardiogenic pulmonary edema in elderlies?

"Forced drinking": ...of what? Forced anything is probably bad, but forced drinking can cause many problems. If you force someone to drink too much water the biggest risk is of hyponatremia (low serum sodium, with ill effects on the brain mostly) , not pulmonary edema. Forced drinking of alcohol is also referred to as assault in my view, and should be reported to the police. ...Read more

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Pulmonary hypertention a heart or lung condition?

Pulmonary hypertention a heart or lung condition?

Dual workup: Typically you should see both a cardiologist and pulmonologist individually to work this up since they will often take different but complimentary approaches. ...Read more

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Pulmonary embolism or anxiety, what's the difference?

Pulmonary embolism or anxiety, what's the difference?

PE vs anxiety: Pulmonary embolus can be life threatening. Anxiety is life aggravating. You won't die from anxiety but it can mess up your life. ...Read more

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Does bad air affect respiratory function in people with diseases like asthma or pulmonary fibrosis?

Does bad air affect respiratory function in people with diseases like asthma or pulmonary fibrosis?

Yes: People with chronic respiratory diseases should avoid heavily polluted air. Air quality alerts are issued for areas when there is a high concentration of pollution. These are usually reported on the local weather reports. In some instances, poor air quality can even cause chronic lung disease. For more information on this, go to the american lung association website. ...Read more

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Are pulmonary edema and a pulmonary embolism the same?

Are pulmonary edema and a pulmonary embolism the same?

No: Pulmonary edema refers to fluid in the lungs, most commonly as a result of a failing heart. Pulmonary emboli are blood clots that form somewhere in the body (usually the legs) and travel to the lungs. ...Read more

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Could inhalation of chlorine gas cause pulmonary edema?

Could inhalation of chlorine gas cause pulmonary edema?

Absolutely: Chlorine gas is extremely toxic to the lungs with inhalation and frequently fatal. It damages the fragile alveolar capillary membrane and causes fluid to leak into the air spaces. ...Read more

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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

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What causes pulmonary embolism?

What causes pulmonary embolism?

Blood clot: A pulmonary embolism is the result of a blood clot travelling to your lungs. The blood clot (referred to usually as a DVT) is usually found in the veins in one or both of your legs. This breaks loose and travels up through the IVC to the heart and then to your lungs. ...Read more

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Difference between pulmonary embolism and heart attack?

Difference between pulmonary embolism and heart attack?

Vast: Pulmonary embolism is the blockage of the pulmonary artery branches by clot, most commonly from the legs. Causes lung dysfunction and heart failure sometimes death. Heart attack (myocardial infarction) is the result of a blockage of the coronary (heart) artery with resultant death of a portion of the heart muscle. Result is heart dysfunction/failure/arrest and even death. ...Read more

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Does air pollution lead to stroke?

Does air pollution lead to stroke?

Not directly: Air pollution takes its toll mostly on the lungs. If it leads to stress, and elevated blood pressure, then the hypertension can contribute to stroke. If it leads to less exercise, then it may contribute to the risk factors that can cause stroke. ...Read more

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Can propranolol cause pulmonary embolism?

Can propranolol cause pulmonary embolism?

Unlikely: Hypercoagulation is not a recognized side effect of propranolol. However since Propranolol has effects on the beta receptors in the lungs, it may make the effects of a pulmonary embolism more noticable. ...Read more

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Are heart attacks linked to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

Are heart attacks linked to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

Indirectly: Many people with COPD have a strong smoking history which also predisposes to heart attacks - in addition, there may be a chromic inflammatory element to some forms of COPD which cam also make heart attacks more likely. ...Read more

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Dr. Su Fairchild
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Embolus (Definition)

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 ...Read more


Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Circulatory Disorders (Definition)

Circulatory disorders is a term for any disease that affects veins or arteries ...Read more