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Doctor insights on: Embolism Vs Blood Clot

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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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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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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What does blood clot in the lungs (pulmonary embolus) show on ventilation perfusion scan?

What does blood clot in the lungs (pulmonary embolus) show on ventilation perfusion scan?

Lack of blood flow: A ventilation perfusion scan is a test for a blood clot in the lungs, or pulmonary embolism. If there is a blood clot, an area of the lung will not be perfused, but will be ventilated, and therefore a mismatch will be seen. ...Read more

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Are atheroscleratic blood clots considered to be embolic?

Are atheroscleratic blood clots considered to be embolic?

Could be: Atherosclerotic plaque are not caused by embolus themselves but they can cause emboli distal to them or downstream. This is most of the time noticed in carotid artery disease and some cases of unstable angina. ...Read more

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What is a blood clot versus an aneurysm?

What is a blood clot versus an aneurysm?

Very different: Blood clots when you are cut or injured and bruising is a feature of that. Abnormal intravascular clotting is a serious problem, in veins or arteries with different diagnosis and treatments. Aneurysms in general are of arteries with enlargement to significant size- usually twice the normal vessel size. ...Read more

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Are lung blood clots fatal?

Are lung blood clots fatal?

Not always: Pulmonary emboli (blood clots that travel to the lungs) vary greatly in size from patient to patient; some are trivial, others are rapidly fatal, and there are all sorts of outcomes in between. They are usually a serious problem and need prompt and effective treatment, and diagnosis as to where they come from, so that can also be treated. Anticoagulants ("blood thinners") are usually prescribed. ...Read more

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Is it possible to develop a pulmonary embolism from a blood gas arterial draw?

Is it possible to develop a pulmonary embolism from a blood gas arterial draw?

No: A clot formed in the radial artery, the usual site of blood draw for arterial blood gases, does not have a way to reach the lungs. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Is there blood clot risk after fracture?

Is there blood clot risk after fracture?

There can be: It would usually involved a fracture of one of the large bones of the body. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for blood clots in the lung (pulmonary embolus)?

What is the treatment for blood clots in the lung (pulmonary embolus)?

Acute PE: Treatment of a pulmonary embolus essentially depends on the clinical symptoms at the time of diagnosis. The symptoms can be many and varied. Treatment options:. Blood thinners , thrombolytic s, ivc filter or embolectomy( surgical removal of blood clots). First priority is to stabilize patient if needed. The decision tree will be based on what is deemed most effective for the patient ...Read more

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History of clots and stroke. Off blood thinners since 2008. Hypercoaguable state of undetermined origin. Pain in arm pos. Radial artery. Is asprin ok?

History of clots and stroke. Off blood thinners since 2008. Hypercoaguable state of undetermined origin. Pain in arm pos. Radial artery. Is asprin ok?

Are you on Warfarin?: We can not advice if you should be taking aspirin as do mot know what treatment you are on for your condition.Are you taking Warfarin(Coumadin) for it Dscuss with your doctor or Hematologist if you should or not ...Read more

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What are the warning signs of a pulmonary embolism (pe or blood clot in the lung)?

What are the warning signs of a pulmonary embolism (pe or blood clot in the lung)?

Various: The usual warning signs of a pulmonary embolism (pe) include tachycardia (fast heart rate), dyspnea (shortness of breath), chest pain which can be pleuritic (ie hurts when you take a deep breath), fainting (known as syncope) and cyanosis (blue discoloration of the lips or nailbeds). ...Read more

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What increases risk of pulmonary embolism?

What increases risk of pulmonary embolism?

See below: Many things including having had a previous deep venous thrombosis or pulmonary embolism, having a genetic predisposition or family history, smoking, birth control medication, autoimmune diseases such as lupus and prolonged immobilization including travel or bed rest, to name a few. ...Read more

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Please explain why is pulmonary arterial blood pressure less than systemic arterial blood pressure?

Please explain why is pulmonary arterial blood pressure less than systemic arterial blood pressure?

PAP: The resistance to flow of blood is much lower in the lung than in the systemic circulation, this is why the pa pressure is normally lower than systemic pressure, the blood flow in both circuits is normally the same and pressure equals flow times resistance. ...Read more

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Can Plavix (clopidogrel) prevent a blood clot forming due to AF? Can't take anticoagulants.

Can Plavix (clopidogrel) prevent a blood clot forming due to AF? Can't take anticoagulants.

Plavix (clopidogrel) and afib: ACTIVE trial -Plavix (clopidogrel) +ASA(100) reduced vascular event ( stroke, MI, embolism) in AF with bleeding comparable to warfarin,but ACTIVE W trial noted warfarin was superior to ASA + Plavix (clopidogrel) in preventing vascular events. That said The AHA does not recommend adding Plavix (clopidogrel) to ASA. The first choice is warfarin followed by dabigitran, apixaban and rivaroxaban.ASA would be last. Talk to a cardiologist. ...Read more

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Blood clot in the lungs?

Blood clot in the lungs?

Can be dangerous: A blood clot in the lungs can be quite dangerous, especially if it blocks outflow of blood from the heart. Many times it arises from the veins of the legs, but they can also come from the pelvis or even arms. Patients with conditions such as cancer can be more prone to developing blood clots. Typically, people experience sudden onset of chest pain or shortness of breath. ...Read more

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What increases blood coagulation?

What increases blood coagulation?

Three issues: 1. Injury to blood vessels. 2. Change in blood flow. 3. Hypercoagulable state, e.g., following trauma. ...Read more

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What is the clinical significance of a blood clot in a vein vs. A blood clot in an artery?

Big difference: A blood clot in an artery results in less or no blood going to the area that the artery supplies. This has the potential to result in loss of a limb or even death. A blood clot in a vein can occur in a superficial or a deep vein. These are usually treated with local care or blood thinners. Clots in both arteries and veins could be serious problems. ...Read more

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How wold you know if you had a blood clot embolism?

How wold you know if you had a blood clot embolism?

Ask a doctor: Usually the combination of clinical symptoms and imaging - usually an angiogram or sonogram or MRI can help you determine there is a blood clot in a specific location. ...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