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Doctor insights on: Pulmonary Embolism And Sleep Apnea

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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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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How common is pulmonary embolism in 20 year olds?

How common is pulmonary embolism in 20 year olds?

Rare: Since most 20 year olds are quite active, deep venous thrombosis is rare and this is usually the underlying cause of a pulmonary embolus. Conditions that would contribute to increased risk would be smoking, severe inactivity, obesity, and some hypercoaguable states - in which the risk of blood clotting is significantly increased. ...Read more

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Is it likely to get a pulmonary embolism 2 times?

Is it likely to get a pulmonary embolism 2 times?

Depends: If the cause is a onetime event such as surgery, or oral contraceptives .The chance for recurrence diminishes when the offending agent is removed. The risk for recurrent pulmonary embolism is increased. However if you have atrial fib, chronic venous disease of the legs, cancer or a genetic predisposition to clot. Also patients who have idiopathic events have increased recurrence. ...Read more

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How will having a pulmonary embolism affect my baby?

How will having a pulmonary embolism affect my baby?

Hypoxia: If a pregnant mother has a pulmonary embolism it could lower her blood oxygen levels and then lower oxygen levels in the fetus. It is important to avoid/treat any hypoxia in a pregnant mom if it indeed is present. ...Read more

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How to survive a pulmonary embolism if left untreated?

Why not treat it?: Pulmonary emboli are not things to be ignored or not treat. This is something that a medical professional needs to treat with usually blood thinners. If there is a reason to not give blood thinners, then there still may be other things to do to minimize or prevent the risk of future clots. ...Read more

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Can you please explain why a pulmonary embolism is bad for you?

Can you please explain why a pulmonary embolism is bad for you?

Several: Means there are/ were thrombi-clots in one's veins that have come loose and migrated to the lung or both lungs. That can cause lung injury, heart stress, pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary infarction, and or sudden death. Arrythmias can also occur from these stresses. ...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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Dr. Patrick Melder
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Apnea (Definition)

Apnea is a symptom in which a person stops breathing for a period of time (about 10-20 seconds) and then starts breathing again. Babies can get apnea from some types of infections. Adults can have sleep apnea, often related to loud snoring and some ...Read more


Dr. Carlo Hatem
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Sleep Apnea (Definition)

Literally it is stopping breathing during sleep. There are 2 main types. Obstructive the most common. Central the less common. When people speak about sleep apnea they usually refer to obstructive where you cannot breathe due to ...Read more