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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

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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 are the symptoms of blood clots in the lung?

What are the symptoms of blood clots in the lung?

Short of breath: Usually, there is shortness of breath and a rapid heart rate. The blood oxygen is lower than expected. Some people also have chest pain. ...Read more

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Managing High Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Monitor BP at home
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Have a regular follow up and work with your doctor
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Take your meds as instructed without fail
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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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Managing Low Blood Sugar (Checklist)

Avoid skipping meals
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Keep fruit with you at all times if you feel hypoglycemic
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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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Taking Blood Thinners (Checklist)

Take appropriate dose of anticoagulation medication
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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