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Can symptoms of pulmonary embolism (chest tightness, heart palpitations) come and go, or will they be constant if it's a dangerous pe clot?

Can symptoms of pulmonary embolism (chest tightness, heart palpitations) come and go, or will they be constant if it's a dangerous pe clot?

Yes: Many causes however, so exam and testing is required to be definitive. Small recurrent emboli are known and can be intermittent and variable, and eventually lethal. Read more

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Dr. Sheila Smith
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Palpitation (Definition)

Palpitations are an awareness of extra heartbeats which most of us have. The sensation can be single or multiple and can sometimes last minutes. Different people may feel other symptoms along with them such as dizzy, lightheaded or short of breath. The palpitations are almost always atrial or ventricular premature beats. Usually benign but they are also ...Read more


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Can palpatations alone be a symptom of pulmonary embolism?

Can palpatations alone be a symptom of pulmonary embolism?

Maybe: Palpitations or irregular heart rhythm may be associated with PE but are also associated with may other things, many of which are benign. Usually there is some other symptom such as chest pain, sweating, shortness of breath or air hunger. A PE is unusual in a young active person who has not had trauma or surgery Read more

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How long does pain from pulmonary embolus last?

How long does pain from pulmonary embolus last?

Depends: Can be short, just at the time the embolus occurs, or can be longer if the patient develops pleurisy after the embolus. Read more

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What causes hemoptysis in pulmonary embolism and how long last?

What causes hemoptysis in pulmonary embolism and how long last?

Hemoptysis in PE: Or the coughing up of blood comes from the breakdown of the damaged lung tissue. The embolism blocks the lung tissues supply of nurishment and oxygen, the lung tissue breaks down and bleeds. How long it lasts depends on how big the injury is. Read more

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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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After a pulmonary embolism how long do I need to take coumadin (warfarin)?

After a pulmonary embolism how long do I need to take coumadin (warfarin)?

It depends: We always treat patients with DVT and pulmonary embolus for a minimum of 6 months and usually 12. Work-up for hypercoagulability (predisposition for abnormal blood clotting) is always performed, usually after the year of Coumadin (warfarin) treatment. If you have a hypercoagulable state as determined by blood testing, you may need anti coagulation for life. Read more

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My wife had a pulmonary embolism in Oct 2015. It was medically completely unprovoked. She has been using Warfarin and later switched to Xarelto. For how long should she continue to use Xarelto and does she need to go for follow up scans at some point?

My wife had a pulmonary embolism in Oct 2015. It was medically completely unprovoked. She has been using Warfarin and later switched to Xarelto. For how long should she continue to use Xarelto and does she need to go for follow up scans at some point?

There is a 10% per: Year recurrence rate of unprovoked PE. There is about a 30% risk of death associated with PE. This means that she has a 50:50 chance of recurrence in the next 5 years and a 1/3 chance of dying associated with the recurrence when it occurs. She should stay on Xarelto indefinitely. Follow up scans are not needed in the absence of symptoms. Read more

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How long after surgery is someone at risk for having a pulmonary embolism?

How long after surgery is someone at risk for having a pulmonary embolism?

Varies by surgery: All major surgeries have risk of blood clots called DVTs of the pelvis or legs. DVTs can then have a risk of dislodging & traveling to the lungs (i.e. PE). The more major the surgery, the longer the surgery, & the longer the period of immobility after surgery, the higher the chances. Major orthopedic surgery / general surgery / OB-GYN surgery are highest risk. Can happen w/i hours, days, or weeks. Read more

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How much time does an emergency surgery for a pulmonary embolism last?

How much time does an emergency surgery for a pulmonary embolism last?

Can't tell: If you mean surgery to open up the chest and remove the clots from the arteries, then hours. This is a big procedure. You should be discussing this with the Thoracic Surgeon who is going to do the procedure. Read more

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How long could I have a pulmonary embolism without it forcing me into hospital?

How long could I have a pulmonary embolism without it forcing me into hospital?

PE: A small pe might go unnoticed but any significant sized pe is going to cause symptoms which would either get your attention or worse. If you suspect pe you should get to the er. Read more

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How long can you have a pulmonary embolism without it forcing you into hospital?

How long can you have a pulmonary embolism without it forcing you into hospital?

? hospital: Pulmonary emboli are often small and unrecognized. Even with minor symptoms, they can often be treated as an outpatient. Only large and symptomatic pe "force" hospital treatment. Blood thinners are the most common form of therapy. Read more

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Had a pulmonary embolism last year in june & was off the medication in feb. Iv been getting really bad upper back pains for 2 months now. Another pe?

Needs evaluation: Two months is a long time to stay without help for the bad pains, particularly with your medical history. Please see your doctor as soon as possible for proper diagnosis and care. Take care of yourself. Read more

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How long does it take for a DVT to turn into a pulmonary embolism?

How long does it take for a DVT to turn into a pulmonary embolism?

Embolism: Pulmonary embolism is when a clot becomes dislodged and goes to the lungs which is carried there by the normal blood flow. The answer is it can break off at anytime. Usually after a couple of weeks the clot will harden and may be less likely to break off. Read more

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W a history of pulmonary embolism & apc-r but not on anticoagulant any longer how long after a surgery (not pe related) do you need to be on it again?

W a history of pulmonary embolism & apc-r but not on anticoagulant any longer how long after a surgery (not pe related) do you need to be on it again?

Soon: Before and after elective surgery we may bridge with Heparin for afew days and then restart coumadin, (warfarin) when bleeding risk is down. It is a surgical judgement as to likelihood of bleeding and risk if one does bleed in the surgical site. After DVT and pe most are on Coumadin (warfarin) for six months, unless coagulopathies which need lifelong. Read more

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I am really scared of a pulmonary embolism. How strong would the chest pain be? Huge pain? How long till you die if one shows up? Enough time to call er?

Pulmonary embolism: Patients with a pulmonary emoblism (pe) do not get chest pain. If it is not fatal, patients with pe's have shortness of breath. Most people do not die of pe's, if they are not large. That is not the case if they have a large pe. If the pe is large enough, death occurs quite quickly. A pe is diagnosed by a ct angiogram of the lungs. Why are you worried about a pe? Read more

Dr. Hamid Sajjadi
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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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Pounding Heart (Pulse) (Definition)

Pounding heartbeat is a symptom in which a person senses that his heart is beating very strongly, such as during exercising. Pounding heartbeat, without other chest or heart symptoms, can be normal if it happens only during exercise. Otherwise, a medical problem may be the cause. ...Read more