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Difference between pulmonary embolism and heart attack?

Difference between pulmonary embolism and heart attack?

Vast: Pulmonary embolism is the blockage of the pulmonary artery branches by clot, most commonly from the legs. Causes lung dysfunction and heart failure sometimes death. Heart attack (myocardial infarction) is the result of a blockage of the coronary (heart) artery with resultant death of a portion of the heart muscle. Result is heart dysfunction/failure/arrest and even death. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Myocardial Infarction (Definition)

Myocardial Infarction means some of the heart muscle dies because of insufficient oxygen supply. Most often this occurs because the coronary artery is blocked by plaque & clot. Other causes include tears in the artery wall, extremely high oxygen demand (eg, rapid arrhythmia, heart valve disorder, or severe systemic illness.) Prompt treatment can minimize heart damage & ...Read more


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A person with high blood pressure is more likely to get: a stroke, pulmonary embolism, heart attack, uneventful fainting or something else?

A person with high blood pressure is more likely to get: a stroke, pulmonary embolism, heart attack, uneventful fainting or something else?

Stroke, heart attack: Of the conditions listed, hypertension is a risk factor for stroke and heart attack. High blood pressure would not be typically considered a risk factor for pulmonary embolism or fainting.
High blood pressure is also a risk factor for kidney damage. ...Read more

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Is having a pulmonary embolism the same thing as having a heart attack?

Is having a pulmonary embolism the same thing as having a heart attack?

No: A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that travels to the lungs and a heart attack is a ruptured plaque in the coronary artery wth a clot ...Read more

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Hoping you can tell me, is pulmonary embolism the same thing as a heart attack?

Hoping you can tell me, is pulmonary embolism the same thing as a heart attack?

No: Pulmonary embolism is a clot going to the lung from the venous system of the body, usually from a vein of the leg. A heart attack is usually blockage of one of the arteries to the heart muscle, often by a clot in a coronary. ...Read more

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One in 3 people with normal range chloresterol levels will still die of a heart attack, stroke or pulmonary embolism, right?

One in 3 people with normal range chloresterol levels will still die of a heart attack, stroke or pulmonary embolism, right?

Yes. Why do you ask?: These are the three common non-pneumonia, non-cancer killers. There are plenty of other risk factors -- hypertension, diabetes, lack of exercise, smoking, genetics, others. Manage all your risk factors and you're likely to stay healthy longer. ...Read more

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Scared to be alone or drive alone because I think I will have a stroke, heart attack, pulmonary embolism etc. I have anxiety every day. Help me please?

Scared to be alone or drive alone because I think I will have a stroke, heart attack, pulmonary embolism etc. I have anxiety every day. Help me please?

You have a focused: Form of an anxiety disorder. A mental health professional can help you manage your fears. Claire Weekes book "Hope and Help for your Nerves" is an oldie can be helpful. Peace be with you as you make progress. ...Read more

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I had a pulmonary embolism 4 months ago, they stop the blood thinner, it this mean I can have the risk to have a heart attack???

I had a pulmonary embolism 4 months ago, they stop the blood thinner, it this mean I can have the risk to have a heart attack???

More info needed: Stopping blood thinners 4months after pulmonary embolism (PE)does not necessarily increase risk for heart attack. My concern would be the risk for another PE. Without knowing the details of your condition and treatment, we can not fully understand the risks in your situation. Best to talk to your doctor about the decision to discontinue blood thinners ...Read more

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Is it possible to increase heart muscle after a heart attack followed by triple bypass followed by pulmonary embolism?

Is it possible to increase heart muscle after a heart attack followed by triple bypass followed by pulmonary embolism?

Yes: Check with your cardiologist and heart surgeon. Discuss aspirin, betablockade, clopidogrel, statin and ACE inhibitor. Perhaps other drugs. Anticoagulation is mandatory. High complexity disease needs expert docs. ...Read more

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Could someone with a lot of tumours have something more serious like heart attack, diabetes, blood clot, pulmonary embolism?

Could someone with a lot of tumours have something more serious like heart attack, diabetes, blood clot, pulmonary embolism?

Possibly: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Are people with dementia more susceptible to heart attacks, strokes and pulmonary embolism?

Are people with dementia more susceptible to heart attacks, strokes and pulmonary embolism?

Not necessarily: Alzheimer's dementia may overlap with vascular dementia, and the eventual symptoms can be somewhat similar. Many alzheimer's patients will have existing atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease -- and in these, heart attacks and strokes will be more common. Brain has blood vessels too! Pulmonary embolism can happen if the person becomes more sedentary, and increasing the risk of blood clots. ...Read more

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Why does pulmonary embolism cause your increased heart rate?

Why does pulmonary embolism cause your increased heart rate?

Stress: Pul. Embolism is a kind of obstructing shock. So it decrease blood to of side of heart and that decrease blood pressure sometime. Body defense to this is to increase heart rate. It also increase stress on rt side of heart. ...Read more

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Endocarditis and pulmonary embolism with a heart defect. Chances of reoccurrence happening?  

Endocarditis and pulmonary embolism with a heart defect. Chances of reoccurrence happening?  

Yes: I'll presume the three are causally related. The heart defect is likely on the tricuspid valve or a septal division of the heart leading blood from the right side of the heart to the lungs. A damaged valve causes turbulent flow and is prone to allow bacteria to settle on valve causing infection-endocarditis. When this growth gets loose, a piece may end up in lung-embolism. Yes, this may recur. ...Read more

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Can a low heart cause pulmonary embolism?

Can a low heart cause pulmonary embolism?

No: I'm guessing that you mean a heart that lays low in the chest. This would not cause pulmonary embolism; in fact the position of the heart would have no effect on pulmonary embolism, which is caused by clots in veins (usually in the legs or pelvis) breaking loose and traveling to the lung. ...Read more

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Does a change in heart rate occur with pulmonary embolism?

Does a change in heart rate occur with pulmonary embolism?

Sometimes...: People with pe can be asymptomatic. If the heart rate is affected, it usually goes up causing s rapid heart rate. If a person thinks they have a pe, they need to be evaluated at an er as pe can be life-threatening. ...Read more

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Any ideas why pulmonary embolism causes increased heart rate?

Any ideas why pulmonary embolism causes increased heart rate?

Nerves and reflexes: Pulmonary embolism causes obstruction to blood flow and oxygenation. This causes fight or flight reactions, fear, etc, and the hormones released cause tachycardia. The stretch on the right side of the heart also causes the release of bnp causing also tachycardia. The stretch on the right side of the heart allows many mechanisms including reentry and may even cause irreg hr. ...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


Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

A life-threatening condition in which the blood vessels that supply the heart becomes occluded and thus the heart itself is not longer receiving any blood flow. Without this blood flow, the heart muscle dies and cannot pump blood to the ...Read more