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How lung does severe pain from a pulmonary embolus last?

How lung does severe pain from a pulmonary embolus last?

Pulmonary embolus: It depends. Sometimes the pain lasts seconds or minutes. If the embolus causes a part of the lung to die it can last for months. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

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


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After having a pulmonary embolism and taking warfarin, how long and how do they ttest to see if the clot has desolved in the lung?

After having a pulmonary embolism and taking warfarin, how long and how do they ttest to see if the clot has desolved in the lung?

Not useful: It is not useful to repeat testing, for most patients. Your body will remove the clot. The medication is used to make sure you do not get a new clot. Most important is to be followed by a lung doc who has expertise in lung clots. ...Read more

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What is the result of CT in lungs in pulmonary embolus?

What is the result of CT in lungs in pulmonary embolus?

See below: You can actually see the pulmonary embolus on a ct of the lungs with contrast and the proper protocol, that is why it is the gold standard for diagnosis. ...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)?

Anticoagulation: Heparin and then warfarin for about six months and followup pulmonary testing rarely surgery or embolectomy, or lower extremity interventions. ...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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I have high lung pressure after pulmonary embolism, could I have pulmonary hypertension now?

I have high lung pressure after  pulmonary embolism, could I have pulmonary hypertension now?

PE and PH: While it is an uncommon condition, what you describe is certainly possible. Pulmonary hypertension (ph) is abnormally high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs which can be caused by pulmonary embolism (pe) or blood clots that do not adequately resolve. ...Read more

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What is the difference between septic embolisms in the lungs and a pulmonary embolism?

What is the difference between septic embolisms in the lungs and a pulmonary embolism?

Bacteria: Emboli are stuff (most commonly clots) that move from somewhere to somewhere else down a blood vessel, in this case from clots in veins of the body, down to the heart, and through its right side to the lungs, where they can block blood flow to these organs. Septic emboli are stuff that also has bacteria inside, and therefore can cause further infection in the lungs, and even greater damage. ...Read more

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I had a pulmonary embolism & a pulmonary infarct 1 1/2 years ago. Can i go into the sauna 2x a week or is the sauna not good for my lungs?

I had a pulmonary embolism & a pulmonary infarct 1 1/2 years ago. Can i go into the sauna 2x a week or is the sauna not good for my lungs?

Depends: If your pulmonary embolism/infarct didn't compromise your heart or lung function than unless you have another medical condition that would complicate your being in a sauna, it shouldn't be a significant problem. If you are really concerned you should contact your primary care physician. Otherwise if you do decide to go forth, if you have any shortness of breath or lightheadedness please leave! ...Read more

Dr. Chad Levitt
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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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Lung Diseases (Definition)

Lung diseases are diseases that interfere with the lung's ability to exchange oxygen. They includes genetic diseases, infections, ...Read more