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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
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
Hi. Please can you tell me if a Pulmonary Embolism and a Heart Attack can happen at the same time or can a Heart Attack cause a Pulmonary Embolism.?
See below: A pulmonary embolism may precipitate a heart attack. Pulmonary embolism is not an immediate consequence of a heart attack. ...Read more
A person with high blood pressure is more likely to get: a stroke, pulmonary embolism, heart attack, uneventful fainting or something else?
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
One in 3 people with normal range chloresterol levels will still die of a heart attack, stroke or pulmonary embolism, right?
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?
People with hypertension can suffer a stroke. Generally, are they just as likely to have a heart attack or pulmonary embolism?
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
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
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
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
Lake of oxygen: Heart is trying to compinsate.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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
I have pulmonary embolism and everytime I move om my couch my heart beat fast and hard and last for at least 30min or more. Or if I walk a few feet?
Stable condition: To have surgery, patients need to be in stable condition. For someone who had endocarditis and pulmonary embolism, that means that both the infection and the pulmonary condition needs to resolve completely, and that your vitals are stable. In addition, surgeons may require that your blood pressure be brought under control before they clear you for surgery. ...Read more
Any ideas why heart failures come from pulmonary embolism in the right upper lobe of the lung in arteriosclerosis?
Several ways: The pe can cause low oxygen including what goes to the heart. It can put strain on the heart, dilate the right side, cause hormones to be released cause tachycardia and due to that chf, arrhythmia and failure of the heart to push blood if big enough. It can then cause paradoxical pressures in the ventricles collapsing the left ventricle due to right pressure. ...Read more
Can symptoms of pulmonary embolism (chest tightness, heart palpitations) come and go, or will they be constant if it's a dangerous pe clot?
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
66yr/ m congestive heart failure, stroke, pulmonary embolism, then 2nd massive hemorrhagic stroke, surgery to repair, fell into coma. Prognosis?
Guarded: I am sorry for this situation. No one can say for sure what will happen, but from your description, I think the prognosis would be guarded. ...Read more
2 Negative D-Dimer tests but extreme chest pain, difficulty breathing, exhaustion and rapid heart rate. Could I have a Pulmonary Embolism?
D-Dimer: The D-Dimer test is helpful in diagnosing a PE, but not definitive and required to have same. See the Lung Dr. With your symptoms and assure you get a complete and continuing work up of your issues. Best wishes. ...Read more
Pulmonary embolism about 2wks ago in both lungs 1 clot near rt side heart. Today left arm numb and severe headache why?
I am 51. At 47 I had tia, dvt, pulmonary embolism, hole in heart. I am on warfarin and aggrenox. New white places in brain. Should I be concerned?
Should close "hole in the heart". I do not know specifically what you mean for "hole in the heart". Each congenital septal defect has a name and unless you specify which is it I am unable to give you any advise but as a general rule, any septal defect can result in a paradoxical embolus.
Meaning blood clots from the venous system ending up in the arterial system. Your cardiologist can reffer you. ...Read more
Strange dropping sensation in chest, makes breathing short and heart fast. Ct scan clear, chest xray clear, not pulmonary embolism or dvt. What is it?
Event recorder: Supraventricular tachycardias are fairly common in young adults. This can cause similar symptoms. To know if that is the case, you need to have an event recorder to determine what is your heart rythm when you are having the symptoms. Transient atrial flutter or other supraventricular tachycardia with rapid ventricular response could cause it. Cut caffeine, nicotine and stress. Beta blocker. ...Read more
Would zaltrap be Too strong for aged 66 colon can patient who had a minor heart attack In 2013 and also had clot in lungs?
With extreme care: It is a drug to be used in metastatic colon CA that has progressed on an oxaliplatin-containing chemotherapy regimen. There are bleeding & clotting side effects so it would have to be used very cautiously in someone with this history. But, with careful supervision by an oncologist, it could provide some benefit. It would be a highly individualized decision between the patient & doctor. Best wishes. ...Read more
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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