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Could pulmonary emboli be caused by stress?

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 more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

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


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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?

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

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What causes multiple bilateral pulmonary emboli thrombosis of the pelvic veins?

What causes multiple bilateral pulmonary emboli thrombosis of the pelvic veins?

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 more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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Is it safe to take vitex agnus castus for PMDD with history of massive pulmonary emboli (caused by birth control pills and smoking)?

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

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What is pulmonary emboli?

What is pulmonary emboli?

Clot in lungs: A pulmonary embolus is when a blood clot (usually in the leg) break breaks free and goes to the lungs. Risk factors for DVT include immobilty, underlying malignancy, hypercoag state, and having surgery. This clot can block blood flow in your lungs, which can strain your heart and lungs. This pulmonary embolism is a medical emergency and can cause pain, shortnessof breath, and even death. ...Read more

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Can you have tiny pulmonary emboli and not know it? Would your body dissolve them if they were very tiny.

Can you have tiny pulmonary emboli and not know it? Would your body dissolve them if they were very tiny.

Yes: CT scans can pick up very time emboli that you may not notice. It is still unclear how to manage these small clots but most doctors would side with treatment since there isn't a great study that tells us otherwise. ...Read more

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How long can I live with these pulmonary emboli?

How long can I live with these pulmonary emboli?

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

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Should survivors of pulmonary emboli avoid exposure to aresol products like air fresheners and cleaning chemicals?

Should survivors of pulmonary emboli avoid exposure to aresol products like air fresheners and cleaning chemicals?

Not particularly: Everybody should avoid chemicals. Survivors of pulmonary emboli have no particular susceptibility. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Respiratory (Definition)

Respiratory is also known as Respiratory system. Pertaining to the work of breathing done by the chest ...Read more