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How to know if I have a pulmonary embolism?

How to know if I have a pulmonary embolism?

Pulmonary embolism: P.E. Is a thrombus (clot) that travelled to the blood vessel supplying the lung. Small clots do not obstruct as much and symptoms can be cough or shortness of breath. Ct or MRI scans are now used more than ventilation/perfusion scans. Large clots can completely occlude the pulmonary artery and are lethal. Death can be sudden and unexplained or misdiagnosed. Recent surgery or bedrest add risk. ...Read more

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Dr. James Krick
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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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What should I expect after a pulmonary embolism (pe)?

What should I expect after a pulmonary embolism (pe)?

Will anticoagulant: People who survive a pulmonary embolism must be treated to lower their risk for a second event. This is usually done by taking blood thinners for a minimum of 3 months. The length of therapy depending on the details surrounding the clot. While on these medicines blood tests are needed to closely monitor therapy. In most patients they fully recover however. ...Read more

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What do I do if my baby experiences pulmonary embolism?

What do I do if my baby experiences pulmonary embolism?

How old?: If you are taking about a child with pulmonary embolism , this is very serious and of course treatment is anticoagulant like Heparin then Coumadin (warfarin) .. Also need investigations for risk factors . Pe in children is very rare less than 5 in 100000. ...Read more

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If I am young, should the risks for pulmonary embolism be low?

If I am young, should the risks for pulmonary embolism be low?

And there's more....: Smoking, oral contraceptives and some other medications may also increase your predisposition for producing clots and pes. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the cause and effect of pulmonary embolism?

Vein thrombosis: It is usually deep vein thrombosis. The thrombus can e in deep leg or pelvic veins. Associated with prolonged rest or inactivity like recent surgery or long flights without any leg movements. ...Read more

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How long do I have to wait before traveling after a pulmonary embolism?

How long do I have to wait before traveling after a pulmonary embolism?

PE: Before travelling after a pe we would want to have the patient's evidence for pulmonary obstruction cleared as well as ongoing effective anticoagulant therapy in place to minimize chances of a repeat event. The time frame can vary from patient to patient and is best discussed with your treating physician. ...Read more

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If I had a pulmonary embolism, how long before I am able to travel on plane?

If I had a pulmonary embolism, how long before I am able to travel on plane?

When you feel better: If you no longer have symptoms and the level of the blood thinner (commonly coumadin) is therapeutic. Remember to get up at least 1 time an hour while on the plane. You must also discuss with your doctor before you plan to fly. ...Read more

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What are the chances that i will pass on my pulmonary embolism to my children?

Close to zero: Unless you have an inheritable clotting disorder. Good personal habits: non smoking weight control exercize avoid some medications/ steroids. ...Read more

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Idiopathic (Definition)

An idiopathic medical condition is one of unknown or obscure cause. In some conditions, there may be known causes as well. For example, themajority of glaucoma cases are idiopathic (unknown cause), but there are some cases related to eye ...Read more


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Blood Clot In Lung (Definition)

Pulmonary embolus is a condition where there is a blockage, either by a blood clot, air, or fat, of the ...Read more