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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. Sheila Smith
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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


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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?

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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Dr. Ted King
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Deep Venous Thrombosis (Definition)

Deep venous thrombosis is a clot within the deep veins of the leg. The blood clot causes pain and swelling of the calf. This is a concerning condition, because if the clot breaks loose, it can travel to the lung and become lodged there, blocking blood ...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