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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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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 are the long-term side effects of pulmonary emboli?

What are the long-term side effects of pulmonary emboli?

Decreased endurance: Decreased exercise endurance is one of the long term complications of pe. Pulmonary hypertension is also seen in more severe cases. It all depends on the magnitude of the initial insult and thrombus volume. ...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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What is pulmonary emboli?

What is pulmonary emboli?

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 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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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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Smaller nonocclusive segmental and subsegmental emboli are not excluded. (Findings) in the "impressions" says no pulmonary emboli. Clot or no clot?

Smaller nonocclusive segmental and subsegmental emboli are not excluded. (Findings) in the "impressions" says no pulmonary emboli. Clot or no clot?

Mgt: 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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Code: NCYHPZ ...Read more

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How successful is the catheter-directed high frequency ultrasound procedure in breaking up pulmonary emboli? And what is done exactly?

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

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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.

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.

Baseline and symptom: It all depends where you started or your baseline blood pressure. Also symptoms will be important in order to decide if you are truly hypotensive, dizziness or lightheadedness, for example. ...Read more

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What should I know about hughes syndrome/ blood clotting issues/ pulmonary emboli?

What should I know about hughes syndrome/ blood clotting issues/ pulmonary emboli?

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

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Is the mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD safe for me if I have had pulmonary emboli once before?

Is the mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD safe for me if I have had pulmonary emboli once before?

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

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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

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 more

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Pulmonary emboli or blood clots in the lung; deadly? Very dangerous?

Pulmonary emboli or blood clots in the lung; deadly? Very dangerous?

Yes.: Pulmonary embolism is often fatal but it really depends on the size of the clot that travels to the lung. Small clots may not even be noticed but large ones completely stop lung circulation and exchange of oxygen resulting in rapid death. ...Read more

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CT w contrast "findings" says known pulmonary emboli. "impression" says no pulmonary emboli and was sent home. The pics weren't great quality. Clot?

CT w contrast "findings" says known pulmonary emboli. "impression" says no pulmonary emboli and was sent home. The pics weren't great quality. Clot?

Could be typo?: Sounds like it should say "no" pulmonary emboli if you were sent home without treatment. Normally you would be treated for an embolus and then sent home. That is why I think report has a spelling error, for lack of a better term ...Read more

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Can I get fillings at the dentist while taking Coumadin (warfarin) for pulmonary emboli?

Can I get fillings at the dentist while taking Coumadin (warfarin) for pulmonary emboli?

Depends: If it's just a filling you should be fine because it's a bloodless procedure. ...Read more

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I have blood clots, that threw to bilateral pulmonary emboli, I have a pulmonologist, what other specialist should I see to be proactive in my health?

I have blood clots, that threw to bilateral pulmonary emboli, I have a pulmonologist, what other specialist should I see to be proactive in my health?

Identify cause: Establishing the cause of blood clots and pulmonary emboli is important. A good place to start is your primary care physician, who will review your medical history, perform an examination, order appropriate tests and possibly suggest a subspecialist based on the findings. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with pulmonary emboli and deep vein thrombosis; sounds very serious, you think?

I have been diagnosed with pulmonary emboli and deep vein thrombosis; sounds very serious, you think?

Absolutely: Dvt with pulmonary embolism can be life threatening. Make sure to follow your physicians advice. You may need to have a thrombophilia workup and should be placed on blood thinners. ...Read more

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Slightly enlarged mediastinal node on car scan... Is this significant? I have stage 2B breast cancer, her 2 positive and recent pulmonary emboli

Slightly enlarged mediastinal node on car scan... Is this significant? I have stage 2B breast cancer, her 2 positive and recent pulmonary emboli

This may significant: This can be a be a very significant finding. Although biopsy may be indicated, other imaging will probably be ordered first. Certainly, do not drop the ball and follow through on your doctors recommendations. ...Read more

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CT scan "findings" says known pulmonary emboli identifies and subsegmental are not excluded. The " impression" says no pulmonary embolism. Clot?

CT scan "findings" says known pulmonary emboli identifies and subsegmental are not excluded. The " impression" says no pulmonary embolism. Clot?

CT scan using contra: CT scan using contrast is very accurate tool for the diagnosis of pulmonary embolus
Patients should be capitalized, ultrasound of the lower extremities, pelvis and IVC should be performed.

The current embolism may require placement of and IVC filter. ...Read more

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In july had suspected DVT but it was ruled out by ultrasound and ddimer. Started having chest and arm pain with dizziness This week. Pulmonary emboli?

In july had suspected DVT but it was ruled out by ultrasound and ddimer. Started having chest and arm pain with dizziness This week. Pulmonary emboli?

Needs evaluation.: It is impossible to say if your symptoms are due to a pulmonary embolism. You certainly need to be reevaluated. 85% of PE's come from the leg veins. An ultrasound done in July is not useful with new symptoms. I would repeat the venous ultrasound and you may also require a chest ct. Your symptoms may not at all be related to a PE. See your medical doctor. ...Read more

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