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How Bad Is A 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
Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more
Very: If the underlying problem is not found, there will usually be some big ones soon enough and the outcome is likely to be sudden death. ...Read more
Are blood clots in the lungs something you would notice immediately because the pain is just so bad?
Not necessarily: There are silent blood clots and acute dramatic blood clots. Often they are diagnosed because a good clinician continues to look for causes beyond the obvious. It is easy with the acute onset, painful, short of breath, critical symptoms, but many are not that presentation. ...Read more
My pa pressure is 65, how bad is that? I also have a enlarged heart, chest pressure, lung scarring from a blood clot in each lung. Will I die soon?
Depend on severity: You have severe pulmonary hypertension. Many causes, but by your history probably due to pulmonary embolism. Can be idiopathic, due to left heart disease, lung disease, thromboembolic disease and multifactorial. Treatment include oxygen, anticiagulation, diuretics, ca blockers, phosphodiesterase inhibitors, inhaled nitric oxide, prostacyclin. Talk to your doctor, if severe, surgery is an option. ...Read more
Is random chest pain that comes and goes infrequently and random shortness of breath that isn't bad likely to be a blood clot or anxiety?
Pulmonary embolus: Typically clot that ends up in the lungs from a deep venous thrombosis of the extremities. Most often this is a DVT of the legs. The clot breaks off and travels through the bloodstream through the heart an into the pulmonary arteries. This is in the most extreme case can cause heart failure, respiratory insufficiency and death. ...Read more
Many symptoms: The usual complaints would be shortness of breath, pain, a rapid pulse, symptoms of dizziness or fainting, general sense of doom, impending sense of doom or death, and many other symptoms. One may not know that he or she has had a clot. Symptoms can be severe or minor or minimal. A high index of suspicion is often needed and the clinic history and setting may tell. There are specific tests too. ...Read more
Size of clot: Small clots travelling into your lungs are often symptom free. Huge clots aka saddle emboli can be lethal in minutes. Clot prevention is a big part of all hospital stays and surgical procedures. Pulmonary embolisms are treated agressively and successfully in most cases. ...Read more
Seriously dangerous: Blood clots to the lungs are major killers. But if they have been diagnosed and treated properly, odds of recovery are very good. ...Read more
Embolus: Usually from a clot in the leg/pelvis veins (deep venous thrombosis dvt) that then breaks loose, goes thru the heart and lodges in the lung (pulmonary embolus). A search for a cause is the first step. If an underlying cause is found, that needs treatment. In addition short term anticoagulation with heparin, and longer treatment with Coumadin (warfarin) for 3-6 months is common. ...Read more
If you mean: Pulmonary embolism, it is a blood clot that forms usually in the deep leg vein, sometimes in the pelvic veins, that breaks off and travels to the pulmonary artery. If the clot is big enough, it can cause low oxygen and low blood pressure, sometimes to the point of sudden death. ...Read more
Depends: Depends on the size, location and the general health of the individual and what medications the patient is placed on. Heparin is the gold standard but may be changing. There are many anti-coagulants. Coumadin (warfarin) is the mainstay for outpatient treatment. Newer meds may replace it for many reasons. Many clots are dissolved in 2-4 weeks. ...Read more
Very likely.: There are many kinds of leukemia. Some not as severe or devastating as others. Depending on the type and severity of the leukemia, one may have as much chance with a pulmonary embolus as any other normal person. It is a serious illness but if recognized and treated, can be a good outcome. ...Read more
Depends: Most of pulmonaty emboli cause shortness of breath more than pain. Pain happens when part of the lung infarcts and has no blood flow and this can cause inflammation of close by pleura and sharp pain. This can occur in around 10% of emboli. The bigger the size of infarction the more pain but usually is moderate pain. ...Read more
Maybe: There are numerous causes of shortness of breath, some are: pulmonary embolism (like one of our tennis stars!), heart failure or coronary artery disease, lung diseases (asthma, copd, interstitial lung problems, pneumonia). It may even be the result of poor conditioning. Rec seeing a dr to rule out the more serious problems. ...Read more
See your doctor: There are many things doctors consider when recommending "best" treatment. Generally it comes down to a blood thinner (there are several) vs a filter (also many types) to prevent more big clots from going to the lung. The doctor must carefully assess the risks and benefits on an individual basis. "best" treatment is a case by case assessment. ...Read more
If an elderly person breaks a hip then develops a blood clot in the lungs, how would a blood thinner save his life?
2nd clot: If that person lives long enough to start a blood thinner (ie, they don't immediately die with the first blood clot), the issue becomes preventing a second, fatal clot. That's where treatment with blood thinners are important: preventing the second, fatal clot. Moreover, the first clot will gradually dissolve on blood thinners over time. ...Read more
Pulmonary embolism: When doctors say blood clots in the lungs, they are usually talking about pulmonary embolism, which is blockages in one or more arteries in the lungs, caused by blood clots from another part of your body, most commonly, your legs. Pulmonary embolism is a potentially life-threatening complication of DVT (deep vein thrombosis), which is clotting in the deep veins. ...Read more
Very dangerous: However, if it is small and goes to a small part of he lung, it can be minimal. Many have had a pe and never known it. Hhowever, a clot going to the central vessels of the lung can kill a person instantly. ...Read more
Many....: shortness of breath, rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, chest pain with breathing, possibly cough and low grade fever, wheezing, and even cough with blood in sputum. The question here is do you have risk factors for this (long travel, blood clot history, autoimmune conditions, etc.)? If you suspect a blood clot in your lungs, you should be in the ER getting tested and treated. ...Read more
Could die: Pulmonary embolism is a lethal condition when clots move to pulmonary vessels, could be lethal, if not treated early. Prevention is the best, leg ; pelvic veins are the most common source for this serious condition ...Read more