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Doctor insights on: Can Untreated Walking Pneumonia Cause Pulmonary Embolism

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I had 9 emboli's in my left lung. Had all symptoms of a pulmonary embolism. I was later told that I had pneumonia. I was never sick nor had a fever.

I had 9 emboli's in my left lung. Had all symptoms of a pulmonary embolism. I was later told that I had pneumonia. I was never sick nor had a fever.

Occam's razor: If you were diagnosed with multiple pulmonary emboli (CT scan with PE protocol), it isn't unusual to develop pulmonary parenchymal changes and even pleural effusion. The emboli are causing lack of blood supply to the parenchyma and causing tissue death and a release of infammatory markers. Sometimes the changes can be construed as infection when not. Occam's razor applies. ...Read more

Dr. Mohammed Parvez
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Atypical Pneumonia (Definition)

Atypical pneumonia is so called because the causative organisms are not the usual ones associated with most cases of pneumonia. Besides mycoplasma, chlamydia & legionella, many viruses, fungi & protozoa can cause atypical pneumonia as well. Symptoms & signs can be atypical - dry cough, minimal or no fever, absence of lobar consolidation or leucocytosis etc. ...Read more


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I get chest pain after walking to school, I feel like I can't breathe during the first class, after that I'm fine for the day. Pulmonary embolism?

I get chest pain after walking to school, I feel like I can't breathe during the first class, after that I'm fine for the day. Pulmonary embolism?

Not likely: The pattern you describe is rather suggesting walk induced bronchospasm or exercise induced asthma. Pulmonary embolism is always possible, but based on what you describe is less likely. ...Read more

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I have pulmonary embolism and everytime I move om my couch my heart beat fast and hard and last for at least 30min or more. Or if I walk a few feet?

I have pulmonary embolism and everytime I move om my couch my heart beat fast and hard and last for at least 30min or more. Or if I walk a few feet?

See cardiologist: You should get your heart checked with an electrocardiogram and echocardiogram to determine if your pulmonary embolism has led to an increase in pulmonary pressure and to assess whether you need therapy. ...Read more

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Can a pulmonary embolism be caused by being overweight?

Can a pulmonary embolism be caused by being overweight?

YES: Increased weight can cause impaired blood return from the venous system of the legs or pelvis where clots can form and then migrate to the lung as a pulmonary embolism. Obesity may also impair heart function also increasing the risk for pulmonary embolism. ...Read more

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Can a low heart cause pulmonary embolism?

Can a low heart cause pulmonary embolism?

No: I'm guessing that you mean a heart that lays low in the chest. This would not cause pulmonary embolism; in fact the position of the heart would have no effect on pulmonary embolism, which is caused by clots in veins (usually in the legs or pelvis) breaking loose and traveling to the lung. ...Read more

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Hi, What is Cardiac Ischaemia and can it cause Pulmonary Embolism. Many thanks.

Hi, What is Cardiac Ischaemia and can it cause Pulmonary Embolism. Many thanks.

Cardiac ischaemia.: Cardiac ischemia denotes a reduction in blood flow through the arteries that supply the heart with blood. This would typically happen in the context of blockages within the arteries of the heart. This does not directly cause pulmonary emboli. ...Read more

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Can drink alcohol can cause a pulmonary embolism?

Not usually: Low to moderate drinking has been shown to lower risk of pulmonary embolism, not raise it. ...Read more

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Why will a pulmonary embolism cause low o2 but not high co2?

Why will a pulmonary embolism cause low o2 but not high co2?

V/Q mismatch: A large pe will cause elevated c02 and require more respiratory effort because the physiologic "dead space" will increase and the body may not be able to compensate with increased breathing. For the same reason the affected area of lung cannot participate in gas exchange which may lead to inadequate oxygenation - or low o2. ...Read more

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What causes hemoptysis in pulmonary embolism and how long last?

What causes hemoptysis in pulmonary embolism and how long last?

Hemoptysis in PE: Or the coughing up of blood comes from the breakdown of the damaged lung tissue. The embolism blocks the lung tissues supply of nurishment and oxygen, the lung tissue breaks down and bleeds. How long it lasts depends on how big the injury is. ...Read more

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How to survive a pulmonary embolism if left untreated?

How to survive a pulmonary embolism if left untreated?

Why not treat it?: Pulmonary emboli are not things to be ignored or not treat. This is something that a medical professional needs to treat with usually blood thinners.

If there is a reason to not give blood thinners, then there still may be other things to do to minimize or prevent the risk of future clots. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the cause and effect of pulmonary embolism?

Vein thrombosis: It is usually deep vein thrombosis. The thrombus can e in deep leg or pelvic veins. Associated with prolonged rest or inactivity like recent surgery or long flights without any leg movements. ...Read more

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What is a pulmonary embolism? What is a pulmonary embolism, what causes it, and what can I do to diminish my risks?

Clot in lungs: Blood clots forming in leg vains and pelvic veins can travel to lungs causing pulmonary embolism. The way to avoid it is to stay active and prevent long periods of inactivity. Active dorsi and plantar flexion of feet should keep calf muscles pumping blood out of legs and prevent pe. ...Read more

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Can propranolol cause pulmonary embolism?

Unlikely: Hypercoagulation is not a recognized side effect of propranolol. However since Propranolol has effects on the beta receptors in the lungs, it may make the effects of a pulmonary embolism more noticable. ...Read more

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Drinking alcohol can cause a second pulmonary embolism?????!

Drinking alcohol can cause a second pulmonary embolism?????!

Did: alcohol cause your first pulmonary embolism? Trauma immobility and other factors cause embolic phenomenon etoh or alcohol usually affects the liver and you are more prone to bleeding so I think if you are ill or sob see a doctor or go to the ER ...Read more

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Can a little clot bubble that formed after IV cause serious harm like a pulmonary embolism or stroke?

Can a little clot bubble that formed after IV cause serious harm like a pulmonary embolism or stroke?

No: These little bubbles get into the veins all the time and cause no troubles. The bubbles that cause damage in scuba divers and caisson disease cause problem by a different mechanism. ...Read more

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What are the most common causes of a pulmonary embolism?

DVT: The most common cause of a pulmonary embolism is deep venous thrombosis. Dvt usually occurs in individuals with trauma, hypercoagulable state, or immobilization. In individuals who have a DVT risk of pe can be 30% without treatment. If the DVT is treated risk of pe is substantially less ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a pulmonary embolism and what causes it?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a pulmonary embolism and what causes it?

Blood clot in lung: A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that travels to the lung from a vein elsewhere in the body, often a leg vein there are called deep venous thromboses or dvts). Clots can form in the veins for a number of reasons, including trauma, immobility, and conditions that predispose you to form blood clots. If you are concerned about pulmonary embolism or deep venous thrombosis, see a doctor. ...Read more

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Why does pulmonary embolism cause your increased heart rate?

Why does pulmonary embolism cause your increased heart rate?

Stress: Pul. Embolism is a kind of obstructing shock. So it decrease blood to of side of heart and that decrease blood pressure sometime. Body defense to this is to increase heart rate. It also increase stress on rt side of heart. ...Read more

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Can weight lifting cause pulmonary embolism or fat embolisms, it was leg day yest and im in agony just worried about my calf's hurting?

No: Injury (like a concussion or contusion) is a risk factor, but not mere over-use. Sounds like you just have a sore (very sore) muscle. Try ice.elevation, analgesics, and rest and time should do the rest. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can recurrent pulmonary embolism cause chronic hypoxia and clubbing nails? I have symptoms of pulmonary embolism with blue clubbing nails. Ok d dimer.

Can recurrent pulmonary embolism cause chronic hypoxia and clubbing nails? I have symptoms of pulmonary embolism with blue clubbing nails. Ok d dimer.

I suppose it is: Possible, but have your doctor look for other causes such as structural heart or lung disease. Clubbing can be a sign of longstanding hypoxia, but it is really non-specific. The only way to tell for sure whether or not you have pulmonary emboli is with CT angiogram or pulmonary angiogram. Both are invasive tests, so your doctor will order them only if there is a high clinical suspicion. ...Read more

Dr. Bernard Seif
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Walking (Definition)

Your doctor may also suggest a safe exercise plan. Walking is usually the easiest type of exercise, but swimming or other low-impact exercises can work just as well. Exercise is an important way to keep blood sugar in control, and physical activity in pregnancy has been found to decrease the risk ...Read more


Dr. Hamid Sajjadi
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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