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Could Pulmonary Emboli Be Caused By Stress
No: Stress is not one of the causes of pulmonary embolism. Most embolisms originate in the legs (90%) and some originate in the arms (10-15%). Main causes include immobility, oral contraceptives, hip/knee surgery, right heart dysfunction, cancer and inheritable/genetic abnormalities. Stress causes a lot of medical conditions but embolism is not one of them. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more
Please tell me a list of causes for air hunger/sob when your oxygen saturation is 100%. Can you still have pulmonary emboli with 100% oxygen saturatio?
SOB: Saturation when oxygen is above 60 torr can range from 90-100%. Pe can be large or small. Air hunger can be when there is real causes as in pneumonia, asthma, pe or even when a lung is constricted and can't inflate fully and lacks the feeling of satisfaction, anxiety, nervousness, CHF or even simple cold with congestion can do it. It is best to talk to your doctor, he/she knows you better than us. ...Read more
Few things: Recent surgery, prolonged immobilization, long distance traveling, cancer, and smoking cause traditional DVTs. If bilateral veins are compressed, an organ like the uterus can compress the veins but you will probably suffer from large fibroids. Blood disorders or other abnormal masses can also cause a mechanical compression at a higher location than both those veins. Emboli can reach both lungs. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I'm a young survivor of a massive pulmonary emboli which was caused from birth control, what are my options for "birth control" besides condoms?
Empathetic - Careful: Cause is a guess, very rarely a simple certainty: issues too complex. While estrogen/progesterone (derivatives of cholesterol) supplements tend to increase clotting, many issues involved in venous clotting (& pulmonary emboli), e.g. Body build, vein valves, localized vein injuries (asymptomatic), smoke, inactivity, prolonged sitting, venous stasis, etc. Consider iuds, male/female ligation, etc. ...Read more
6 months ago hd a. 91 d-dimer which led to CT scan for pulmonary emboli. Was negative. But was never told cause of d dimer or shown concern. Normal?
Pulmonary emboli: A d dimer test may be elevated due to a number of conditions including pulmonary emboli. I would suggest checking with your doctor for follow up and determining the normal d dimer range for your test. One aspect of diagnosing pe is a history and physical exam which may lead to clinical suspicion of the diagnosis. ...Read more
Is it safe to take vitex agnus castus for PMDD with history of massive pulmonary emboli (caused by birth control pills and smoking)?
No: Though there is limited scientific research on this herbal preparation, in my brief review of the literature, I found that there is a theoretical risk of blood clots. Given your history of massive PE, you should avoid this and any over the counter preparations that are not clearly known to be safe. ...Read more
Should survivors of pulmonary emboli avoid exposure to aresol products like air fresheners and cleaning chemicals?
Blockage of blood: Embolism is something that blocks proper flow of blood in the body. An embolism is usually a blood clot that can forms in your veins or arteries that can lodge in dangerous places in your circulatory system. Venous embolisms can cause catastrophic breathing problems. Air, fat and a few other things can also be a type of embolism that blocks blood flow. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
A very long time: If you are still alive to ask this question, chances are you will live a good while longer. The body's own natural mechanisms begin to break down the clots such that many times repeat scans in 6-12 months may not be able to see the clots at all. ...Read more
Can you have tiny pulmonary emboli and not know it? Would your body dissolve them if they were very tiny.
Smaller nonocclusive segmental and subsegmental emboli are not excluded. (Findings) in the "impressions" says no pulmonary emboli. Clot or no clot?
The report indicates that there may still be areas with smaller clots which do not fully block the vessel.
If you are having symptoms, a repeat scan is indicated and ruling out lower extremity thrombi is advised.
A virtual appt is available online to follow up:
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How successful is the catheter-directed high frequency ultrasound procedure in breaking up pulmonary emboli? And what is done exactly?
Can be very:
Successful. But I wonder why you need it. It is usually for emergencies and then you would not be able to ask this question here.
Would certainly get an independent opinion from a pulmonologist. No procedure is without side effects.
Good luck ...Read more
Can anxiety be a symptom of pulmonary emboli? I had increasing anxiety for 4 months before my diagnosis, and it has disappeared during treatment.
How low should I let my bp go before I get concerned? I recently started Coumadin (warfarin) after pulmonary emboli if that contributes? Last check it was 90/51.
Discuss with doc: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more
Yes: Progesterone only forms of contraception, like the mirena, (levonorgestrel) do no increase the risk of clots is the veins, a problem which can lead to pulmonary embolism. Remember that pregnancy itself can increase the risk of venous thrombosis by 5x normal, so using effective contraception is important for you. ...Read more
Recently diagnosis with several pulmonary emboli. Put on xarelto. .. Will these dissolve? How long does it take? Can the emboli go to my brain? Etc
Pulmonary emboli: Depending on the burden of pulmonary emboli, these may be broken down by the body's natural "clot-busting" mechanisms or may remain to some extent after partial resolution. How long this takes depends on how much clot is there in the first place. They cannot go from the lung to the brain, although the source of the clot (e.g., DVT) may embolize to the brain if you have a patent foramen ovale ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
CT w contrast "findings" says known pulmonary emboli. "impression" says no pulmonary emboli and was sent home. The pics weren't great quality. Clot?
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