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Can blood clots in the lung be removed with surgery?

Can blood clots in the lung be removed with surgery?

Yes: Massive blod clots in the lung can be removed by open heart surgery. Chronic debilitating clots may also be removed with open heart surgery. However most clots to the lung can be treated just with blood thinning medication. ...Read more

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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


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Blood clot in the lungs?

Blood clot in the lungs?

Can be dangerous: A blood clot in the lungs can be quite dangerous, especially if it blocks outflow of blood from the heart. Many times it arises from the veins of the legs, but they can also come from the pelvis or even arms. Patients with conditions such as cancer can be more prone to developing blood clots. Typically, people experience sudden onset of chest pain or shortness of breath. ...Read more

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What are the top reasons for getting blood clots in the lung?

Leg clots: Most originate from clots in the large veins in the legs - sometimes from pelvic veins, especially women. Risk for clotting includes: smoking, hormones (estrogens - birth control pills), cancer, family history, obesity, prolonged immobilization, and recent surgery, advancing age. ...Read more

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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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Are there good ways to avoid blood clots in the lung?

Are there good ways to avoid blood clots in the lung?

Yes: Stay out of the hospital (its one of the more common complications of being confined to a bed) stay active, don't smoke, and pick the right grandparents (risk for blood clots is partially hereditary). Other known risk factors include looooong flights or car rides without intermittent exercise (over 5 hours), obesity, contraceptive use, and heart failure. Prior clots are the biggest risk factor. ...Read more

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What are the tests for blood clots in the lung?

What are the tests for blood clots in the lung?

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

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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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Can anyone out there share their experience with blood clots in the lung and had a good recovery?

Can anyone out there share their experience with blood clots in the lung and had a good recovery?

Can be deadly: The size of the clot dictates how dangerous it is. Very very tiny emboli may not have much clinical consequence, unless it happens frequently. A large embolus that blocks large amounts of flow to the lung can cause symptoms including shortness of breath and even cardiac arrest. Unexpected shortness of breath should always be considered an emergency and evaluated by a doctor right away! ...Read more

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Can several blood clots in the lung be dangerous or do doctors leave them there?

Can several blood clots in the lung be dangerous or do doctors leave them there?

Can be deadly: The size of the clot dictates how dangerous it is. Very very tiny emboli may not have much clinical consequence, unless it happens frequently. A large embolus that blocks large amounts of flow to the lung can cause symptoms including shortness of breath and even cardiac arrest. Unexpected shortness of breath should always be considered an emergency and evaluated by a doctor right away! ...Read more

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Can blood clots in the lung be usually fatal?

Can be deadly: The size of the clot dictates how dangerous it is. Very very tiny emboli may not have much clinical consequence, unless it happens frequently. A large embolus that blocks large amounts of flow to the lung can cause symptoms including shortness of breath and even cardiac arrest. Unexpected shortness of breath should always be considered an emergency and evaluated by a doctor right away! ...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


Excise (Definition)

To surgically remove an organ or body part or tissue. This is done with ...Read more