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Blood Clot Lung Pneumonia
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
Should my 38 yr. Old son have a fliter put in for blood clots in his lungs he has had pneamonia, been in the hospital about 10 days. He been off work from this about 5.5 weeks. Other than sisunses he has been in good health. They had at the hospital he ha
A vena cava filter is a very good option for preventing blood clots in the legs from reaching the lungs. However, over time, vena cava filters can create problems of their own. They are better thought of as a short-term solution. If your son has clot in his legs now, and clots in his lungs as well, then it might be a good idea to place a filter to keep him from getting more lung clots. However, once he is upa and about, and on a stable dose of coumadin, (warfarin) the filter would ideally be removed.
It is much more likely that a filter can be removed if it is taken out within about 6 weeks, after that, removal may be difficult or impossible. ...Read more
Pulmonary embolism: When doctors say blood clots in the lungs, they are usually talking about pulmonary embolism, which is blockages in one or more arteries in the lungs, caused by blood clots from another part of your body, most commonly, your legs. Pulmonary embolism is a potentially life-threatening complication of DVT (deep vein thrombosis), which is clotting in the deep veins. ...Read more
Many....: shortness of breath, rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, chest pain with breathing, possibly cough and low grade fever, wheezing, and even cough with blood in sputum. The question here is do you have risk factors for this (long travel, blood clot history, autoimmune conditions, etc.)? If you suspect a blood clot in your lungs, you should be in the ER getting tested and treated. ...Read more
Pulmonary embolus: Typically clot that ends up in the lungs from a deep venous thrombosis of the extremities. Most often this is a DVT of the legs. The clot breaks off and travels through the bloodstream through the heart an into the pulmonary arteries. This is in the most extreme case can cause heart failure, respiratory insufficiency and death. ...Read more
Could die: Pulmonary embolism is a lethal condition when clots move to pulmonary vessels, could be lethal, if not treated early. Prevention is the best, leg ; pelvic veins are the most common source for this serious condition ...Read more
Anticoagulation: Some patients make blood clots more easily, and you are likely one of them. Recurrent clots in your lungs means you need life long anticoagulation with blood thinners such as coumadin (warfarin). You should also see a hematologist for evaluation of why you make clots. It can be hereditary. So, with medical therapy, and monitoring your prognosis is good. ...Read more
Are blood clots in the lungs something you would notice immediately because the pain is just so bad?
Not necessarily: There are silent blood clots and acute dramatic blood clots. Often they are diagnosed because a good clinician continues to look for causes beyond the obvious. It is easy with the acute onset, painful, short of breath, critical symptoms, but many are not that presentation. ...Read more
If you mean: Pulmonary embolism, it is a blood clot that forms usually in the deep leg vein, sometimes in the pelvic veins, that breaks off and travels to the pulmonary artery. If the clot is big enough, it can cause low oxygen and low blood pressure, sometimes to the point of sudden death. ...Read more
Clot determined by ct scan or v/q scan. Blood thinners are drugs of choice. Sometime a "ivc filter" may be placed.
Depends why she has clot. Need to scan legs with an ultra sound to determine cause. Also need to review medications if they caused clot.
Other causes may be inactivity and genetic factors. Need to review these questions with primary md. Depends if 1st clot or not. ...Read more
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
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
Very: If the underlying problem is not found, there will usually be some big ones soon enough and the outcome is likely to be sudden death. ...Read more
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