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How bad is a pulmonary embolism pe?

How bad is a pulmonary embolism pe?

Bad enough: Pulmonary emboli are deadly and cause many episodes of sudden death. They can be mild and even asymptomatic in some cases, but should always be treated seriously. ...Read more

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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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Could pulmonary embolism 'go away'?

Could pulmonary embolism 'go away'?

Yes....: A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot in the blood vessels in the lung. Symptoms range from no symptoms to death, depending in the size and location of the blood clot. Once the blood clot is no longer increasing in size, the body's own system will "heal" the clot by reabsorbing it. Blood thinners allow this to happen, by making it impossible for the blood clot to continue to increase in size. ...Read more

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How harmful is a pulmonary embolism?

Depends on size: If the clot goes to many areas of the lungs or to main arteries and block them as the blood comes out of the heart, there can be no flow of blood and can be fatal, in term of areas, the clot also blocks flow and prevents oxygenation of blood. So large clots can obstruct flow and can be fatal. ...Read more

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What increases risk of pulmonary embolism?

What increases risk of pulmonary embolism?

See below: Many things including having had a previous deep venous thrombosis or pulmonary embolism, having a genetic predisposition or family history, smoking, birth control medication, autoimmune diseases such as lupus and prolonged immobilization including travel or bed rest, to name a few. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose a pulmonary embolism?

How do you diagnose a  pulmonary embolism?

CT scan: The gold standard for diagnosing a pulmonary embolism is a ct scan of the chest with IV contrast. D-dimer (a blood test) may be used a s a screening tool, if that is negative, your chances of having a thromboembolic event are really low. For people intolerant of IV contrast, or with renal insufficiency, a v/q scan (ventilation-perfusion scan) may be used. ...Read more

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Who is likely to have a pulmonary embolism?

Who is likely to have a pulmonary embolism?

Risk factors: Risk factor for pulmonary embolism, or blood clot in the lung, includes immobility and blood vessel injury. Patients at bed rest or who are less mobile due to a long plane or car ride are examples of people at risk for blood clots. Most pulmonary emboli originate as a blood clot in the legs but other sources are also possible. ...Read more

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Could you get a pulmonary embolism 2 times?

Absolutely: Especially if you have the same risk factors, be it inherited, immobility, birth control pills, smoking etc. If you get it a second time, you should take blood thinners for life. ...Read more

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Is pulmonary embolism a long lasting disease?

Is pulmonary embolism a long lasting disease?

Depends...: It depends on the etiology of the pulmonary embolism as well as the size of the pe. There is a disease called chronic thromboembolic disease and patients with this have recurrent blood clots. There are also congenital clotting defects which lead to recurrent clots. If a large pe occurs, there can be chronic sequelae. There is treatment available once a diagnosis like this is made. ...Read more

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What is the pulmonary embolism recovery time?

What is the pulmonary embolism recovery time?

Depends: While you can recover physically from a mild pe in a few days or weeks, it is recommended that you take a blood thinner for 6 months, and if this is a recurrent pe, you may need blood thinner lifelong. ...Read more

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What are the main symptoms of pulmonary embolism?

What are the main symptoms of pulmonary embolism?

Shortness of breath: A pulmonary embolism result in blockage of a blood vessel leading to the lung. This can cause shortness of breath, as well as chest pain or hypotension if the blockage is large enough. ...Read more

Dr. Neil Halin
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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


Dr. Neil Halin
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Pulmonary Embolism (Definition)

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