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Blood Clots In Lungs Treatment
My grandad has just been diagnosed with esophagus cancer & 2 blood clots on his lungs what treatment will he get as apparently wharf in can't be used?
Injectable: Lovenox (enoxaparin) is the drug of choice if warfarin cannot be used ...Read more
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
Now on lifelong blood thinning treatment after blood clots in lungs twice the past 2 years. What's the risk og getting new clots? INR is constant 2, 5
Repeat clot risk: According to American College Chest Physicians: After a second episode of unprovoked VTE – 15 percent for the first year; 7.5 percent/year thereafter. This is without anticoagulation and assumes you had no risk factors for past episodes (genetic predisposition, trauma, surgery, pertinent medication etc.). Since recurrence can be deadly, we recommend blood thinners for life unless. (see comment) ...Read more
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
Is Ibrance the best course of treatment for someone whose breast cancer has come back in her Lungs&Liver? We are worried about blood clots in arteries?
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
See your doctor: There are many things doctors consider when recommending "best" treatment. Generally it comes down to a blood thinner (there are several) vs a filter (also many types) to prevent more big clots from going to the lung. The doctor must carefully assess the risks and benefits on an individual basis. "best" treatment is a case by case assessment. ...Read more
Family member had blood clot in both lungs. Is there another treatment besides heparin after 11 days?
Yes: Coumadin (warfarin) orally.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
My grandfather and nephew have von willebrand diease and I just got out of hospital from 4 blood clots in lungs had clots for years is there a reverse?
Von Willebrand's: There is no reverse of von wwillegrand's disease. It is passed on as a dominant gene. I am sure that you were tested for it in the hospital and don't have it. You should review your history of recurring blood clots with your doctor. You and he (she) can review the causes and plan a course that will decrease your risk of repeated clots. ...Read more
I can't take pill due to blood clots in lungs. What are ways to control pimples on the face/chest/back?
Dermatology: You can take pills. But see a dermatologist. ...Read more
My cardio said my right side heart is enlarged over blood clots in lungs, legs sends me home 2 cal & get exray. Shouldn't I b hospitalized?
It depends: Depending on your symptoms and whether your doctor thinks this an acute event or a chronic event. If you having symptoms of acute (happened suddenly) blood clots in your legs and your lungs, you should be started on blood thinners. Dont't be affraid to ask questions be honest with your dr., ask him/her to explain their thought process. ...Read more
CT had 1.6cm & two 7mm ground glass nodules in lungs after 6 mo of cough & chest pain. Had blood clots in lungs 2x. Ex smoker. Could it be cancer?
Absolutely possible: The only way to get a definitive diagnosis is to get a biopsy and look at the tissue under the microscope. If it is in a single lobe it may be best to remove the whole lobe. Speak to iour local pulmonologist and your thoracic surgeon ASAP. ...Read more
Very dangerous: However, if it is small and goes to a small part of he lung, it can be minimal. Many have had a pe and never known it. Hhowever, a clot going to the central vessels of the lung can kill a person instantly. ...Read more
It is very serious.: Very serious!Get a more detailed answer ›
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
DVT and PE: If people with deep venous thromboses and pulmonary emboli receive anticoagulation treatment, haven't suffered large clots that could impair their respiratory function, and don't have an underlying cancer, they should have a normal life expectancy. A hematologist can tell you how long to stay on active treatment and what can be done to prevent additional clots in the future. ...Read more
Smoke a little: It is never safe to smoke even "a little bit." That raises the probability of illness for all of us. Having blood clots only increases the risk. I respect the fact that it can be a struggle to become completely smoke free. Please contact your local hospital, doctor, cancer society or psychologist for support as you heal and to stay smoke free afterwards. Peace and good health. ...Read more
My boyfriend has blood clots in both lungs and is on cumiden 8 mg. What foods is he alowed to eat?
No salads: You should stay with anything I could change vitamin k in it and that usually green leafy vegetables. ...Read more
CT scan 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
Not always: Pulmonary emboli (blood clots that travel to the lungs) vary greatly in size from patient to patient; some are trivial, others are rapidly fatal, and there are all sorts of outcomes in between. They are usually a serious problem and need prompt and effective treatment, and diagnosis as to where they come from, so that can also be treated. Anticoagulants ("blood thinners") are usually prescribed. ...Read more
It depends: William, that depends on several factors. First, do you have any risk factors for blood clots? This includes recent hospitalization or surgery, recent travel, or prolonged sitting (like a truck driver). Second, do you have any family history of blood clots? Finally, do you have any symptoms? (leg pain or swelling, chest pain, shortness of breath). If the answer to all is no, then pretty low. ...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
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