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Can deep vein thrombosis or embolus kill you?

Can deep vein thrombosis or embolus kill you?

DVT: A deep vein thrombosis usually arises from the veins in the leg. If a fragment or the entire clot dislodges, it can travel to the right side of the heart, either blocking blood flow in the heart or the clot can travel the pulmonary artery to the lungs, where it can block the flow of blood to the entire lung or a portion thereof. The phenomenon of embolism to heart or lungs can be fatal. ...Read more

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Dr. Ted King
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Deep Venous Thrombosis (Definition)

Deep vein thrombosis means a blood clot in the deeper veins of the affected extremity. The deeper veins of the major functional veins that returned blood flow back towards the heart. Having a blood clot in a deep vein is a serious issue and needs to be treated with anticoagulation therapy to prevent the possibility of a blood clot traveling ...Read more


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Is operation the only option for deep vein thrombosis with pulmonory embolism?

Is operation the only option for deep vein thrombosis with pulmonory embolism?

Depends: Surgical treatment is usually reserved for massive pulmonary embolism (pe) or in chronic pe cases. In most instances DVT and pe are treated with clot dissolving drugs (thrombolysis) and blood thinners (anticoagulation). Sometimes DVT is treated "invasively" by an interventional radiologist to help direct the therapy to the clot directly. ...Read more

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What is someone surviving deep-vein thrombosis and/or pulmonary embolism?

What is someone surviving deep-vein thrombosis and/or pulmonary embolism?

Many: There are many who have survived and have done well with anticoagulation or filter use to prevent further enlarging pe. ...Read more

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Are there any connections between the deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism?

Are there any connections between the deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism?

Cause and effect: Deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot that forms in the veins, often in the legs, but also in other places. If a clot breaks loose and travels to the lungs, it is called pulmonary embolism. A pulmonary embolism can be fatal. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between the deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism?

Is there a connection between the deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism?

Yes: Thrombus (clot) within the deep veins of the legs, arms, and pelvis may travel to the pulmonary arteries in the lungs and cause pulmonary embolism. ...Read more

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How to tell if it's deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism? What are the major differences?

How to tell if it's deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism? What are the major differences?

Can be the same: In some patients a DVT leads to pe. In other patient they have one or the other. A DVT is a clot in the deep veins such as the legs, or veins in the pelvis with associated swelling of the legs. A pe is clot in the pulmonary artery in the lung and could be associated with chest pain, shortness of breath, passing out as well as coughing or wheezing. ...Read more

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Can there be any connection between the deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism?

Yes very much: They are highly connected. A deep vein thrombosis [ dvt] is clot in the deep tissue usually the legs. If part of the clot breaks off it will travel to the lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism. [ pe]. To put it another way : pe's pulmonary emboli come from broken off parts of dvts. ...Read more

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If i had pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis, would i know it or are they "silent killers"?

If i had pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis, would i know it or are they "silent killers"?

Need evaluation: Dvt is characterized usually by unilateral leg swelling either from the calf down or thigh down depending on the localization of the clot. Associated symptoms are pain and tenderness in the leg and sometimes increased heat. Pulmonary embolism is usually associated with shortness of breath or fatigue. A venous ultrasound, d-dimer blood test and , chest ct would be the indicated tests. ...Read more

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How can I best prevent pulmonary embolism if i had a deep vein thrombosis?

How can I best prevent pulmonary embolism if i had a deep vein thrombosis?

Need to discuss: This with your doctor. You need to be on blood thinner for at least 6 months. Also have your blood checked to see if it is too thick. Some patients also need an ivc filter ( see radiologyinfo.Org). ...Read more

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What can I do to best prevent pulmonary embolism if I have a deep vein thrombosis?

What can I do to best prevent pulmonary embolism if I have a deep vein thrombosis?

Anticoagulation: As stated anticoagulation of the blood is the treatment for DVT and is effective in preventing pulmonary emboli. Ivc filters should not be thought of as the treatment for dvt. They are useful for patients that can not be anticoagulated due to other diseases. Filters are effective at trapping large embli but do not treat the DVT and do not trap smaller emboli. ...Read more

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Why don't people in comas develop deep vein thrombosis (dvt) and then die of a pulmonary embolism?

Why don't people in comas develop deep vein thrombosis (dvt) and then die of a pulmonary embolism?

No movement: Yes, people in Comas do develop deep venous thrombosis. In order for a pulmonary embolism to developed. The patient needs to get up and move which causes the DVT to transfer from the legs of the lungs. If the patient doesn't get up, the DVT won't move, the PE will not develop ...Read more

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Do you have a higher risk of deep vein thrombosis and/or pulmonary embolism if you smoke cigarettes and chew tobacco?

Do you have a higher risk of deep vein thrombosis and/or pulmonary embolism if you smoke cigarettes and chew tobacco?

Yes, slightly higher: Both clinical and basic research have linked smoking to abnormalities of coagulation, fibrinolysis and to venous thromboembolic disease. Several potential mechanisms involving inflammation, fibrinogen synthesis, clotting factors, and impaired fibrinolysis have been suggested as possible links. Even cdc lists smoking as a risk factor for dvt. http://www.cdc.gov/features/thrombosis/?mobile=nocontent. ...Read more

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66 you old fem, pulmonary embolism (1 very large, several small clots), deep vein thrombosis, just started Xarelto. What is life expectancy?

Good: Depending on other co-morbidities etc, the answer may be slightly different, but basically if you are treated well, stay healthy, take care of yourself, and take your medication as prescribed. you may live a normal healthy life. ...Read more

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What is the best way to fully recover from deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. I used to run marathons, but my breath is just not the same.?

What is the best way to fully recover from deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. I used to run marathons, but my breath is just not the same.?

Steadily train.: A pulmonary embolism is kind of like a heart attack of the lung. A portion of the lung has been damaged and the remaining alveoli and blood circulation have to pick up the slack. As you train, and steadily increase your activity, you will develop greater lung capacity and endurance. Though you may not return to your previous capability, it could be possible with continued effort.. ...Read more

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Can mycoplasma pneumoniae cause pulmonary embolism and/or deep vein thrombosis? If so, how do doctors treat these issues?

Can mycoplasma pneumoniae cause pulmonary embolism and/or deep vein thrombosis?  If so, how do doctors treat these issues?

No: If you are bed ridden while sick, then it is possible to get deep vein thrombosis (dvt). This would normally be treated with anticoagulants such as Heparin or warfarin (coumadin). ...Read more

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What is deep vein thrombosis? How can a clot kill you?

Blockage in a vein: Clot or "solid blood" occurs when proteins change within the liquid blood. It can occur in the venous and/or the arterial circulation. Arterial clots can cause death by blocking vital arteries in the heart and or brain. Venous clots can cause death when they are large enough and travel to the lungs, as a pulmonary embolus, blocking the blood flow through the lungs. ...Read more

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What can cause a deep vein thrombosis?

What can cause a deep vein thrombosis?

Several things: Dvt occurs when virchow's triad is satisfied: hemodynamic abnormality (stasis, turbulence) endothelial damage, and hypercoagulability (abnormality in blood due to malignancy, increased risk in clot formation). Family history (thrombophilia), surgery, trauma, dehydration, prolonged bed rest, congestive heart failure, kidney problems are risk factors. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for deep vein thrombosis?

Who is at risk for deep vein thrombosis?

Risk Factors DVT: There are many causes for DVT but all causes revolve around 3 factors: stasis of blood, injury to the vessel wall or increased propensity to clot(hypercoagulable state). Stasis occurs with long trips or immobility due to illness or casts. Injuries to the vein wall can occur with trauma from something within the vein or external to it. Hypercoagulable- increased risk of clotting -genetic/acquired. ...Read more

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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


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