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Doctor insights on: Pregnancy Complications Pulmonary Embolus

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Dr. Warren Foster
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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How much does a pulmonary embolus hurt?

How much does a pulmonary embolus hurt?

Varies: Small emboli may cause no symptoms, but larger ones almost always cause significant distress from shortness of breath. Pleurisy is very common and very uncomfortable. ...Read more

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What are the major signs and symptoms of pulmonary embolus?

PE symptoms: Some patients with pulmonary embolism have no symptoms whatsoever. So, it is possible to have one and not know it, especially if it is a small clot. If the clot is big enough, most patients will have sudden onset of shortness of breath, chest pain that worsens when breathing deeply, a cough, and a fast pulse. Sometimes people with a pe are lightheaded, dizzy, clammy, and sweaty. ...Read more

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How does having pulmonary embolism affect a pregnancy?

How does having pulmonary embolism affect a pregnancy?

No Coumadin (warfarin) allowed: No pills such as Coumadin (warfarin) can be used for treatment also pulm emboli inc risk bleeding with treatment. ...Read more

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How do a pulmonary embolus and pulmonary infarct differ?

How do a pulmonary embolus and pulmonary infarct differ?

Embolus and infarct : Embolus is clot migration to pulmonary artery causing clinical symptoms. Lung infarct means death or necrosis of lung tissue. Pulmonary embolus is only occasionally associated with infarct due to double blood supply. ...Read more

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Increased risk in pulmonary embolism is usually due to surgery or pregnancy?

Both...: Both can increase the risk of pe. Staying mobile is a way to hopefully prevent pe as much as possible. ...Read more

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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 a saddle pulmonary embolus?

What is a saddle pulmonary embolus?

Saddle: A saddle pulmonary embolus is a relatively large clot that becomes lodged within the main pulmonary artery and straddles (extends into) both right and left pulmonary arteries. ...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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Can anyone tell me what to do for a pulmonary embolus?

Can anyone tell me what to do for a pulmonary embolus?

Consult the doctor: The first step is to consult a doctor. They will examine the patient and may draw some bloodwork. If there is a clinical suspicion for pulmonary embolus, the doctor may order a ct scan of the chest with intravenous contrast. If pulmonary embolism is found, treatment with a blood thinner may be started. If there is a history of pulmonary embolism, the doctor may discuss placement of a filter. ...Read more

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Dr. Krishna Kumar
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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


Pregnancy Complications (Definition)

There are a host of potential complications in a pregnancy that range from bleeding to early labor and from medical issues like diabetes and high blood pressure to findings on ultrasound or blood tests that ...Read more