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Pulmonary Embolism Lung Damage
Several things: A massive pulmonary embolus will essentially block most of the blood flow from the right ventricle to the lungs, preventing blood from getting oxygenated while putting a huge strain on the right ventricle. Since blood is then blocked from getting to the left side of the heart, systemic blood pressure severely drops along with oxygen delivery and things rapidly go down the tubes. ...Read more
Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more
Could a very large saddle pulmonary embolism cause permanent lung damages a I'm still quite breathless after nearly 3 months of bein diagnosed?
Embolism: Saddle embolism can be fatal, if there was a lot of damages done to lung symptoms may persist. ...Read more
I have pain in my left lung area. I just got to Florida from Tennessee - a 10 hour drive. Is it possible I have pulmonary embolism again? How likely?
CTA: A Cat scan is the best and most reliable way to make the diagnosis. ...Read more
PE: Clot traveled from somewhere to the right atrium and if able to the right ventricle, outside to the arteries of the lungs and cause blockade of flow as they go to the arteries wherein the size of the clot can't go through. ...Read more
Two pulmonary embolism same right lung 20 yrs apart. Any damage...or whatever... to be concerned with.?
Anticoagulant: I think you should discuss long term anti coagulation with a lung specialist. ...Read more
I had a pulmonary embolism & a pulmonary infarct 1 1/2 years ago. Can I go into the sauna 2x a week or is the sauna not good for my lungs?
Depends: If your pulmonary embolism/infarct didn't compromise your heart or lung function than unless you have another medical condition that would complicate your being in a sauna, it shouldn't be a significant problem. If you are really concerned you should contact your primary care physician. Otherwise if you do decide to go forth, if you have any shortness of breath or lightheadedness please leave! ...Read more
What to do if I recently had a chest X-ray to look at my lungs. Would a pulmonary embolism have shown up?
My symptoms are pain in lungs, and shortness of breath only during the night. Can I rule out pulmonary embolism?
Any artery: A pulmonary embolism (pe) is a clot in any of the arteries in the lungs. If the clot is large, it will lodge in one of the larger arteries, and can be fatal. If the clot is smaller, it will travel into the lung until the vessel is small enough to trap it, and may not even cause much in the way of symptoms. Any pe is serious, and the source of the clot needs to be found to prevent recurrences. ...Read more
Various: The usual warning signs of a pulmonary embolism (pe) include tachycardia (fast heart rate), dyspnea (shortness of breath), chest pain which can be pleuritic (ie hurts when you take a deep breath), fainting (known as syncope) and cyanosis (blue discoloration of the lips or nailbeds). ...Read more
Bacteria: Emboli are stuff (most commonly clots) that move from somewhere to somewhere else down a blood vessel, in this case from clots in veins of the body, down to the heart, and through its right side to the lungs, where they can block blood flow to these organs. Septic emboli are stuff that also has bacteria inside, and therefore can cause further infection in the lungs, and even greater damage. ...Read more
After having a pulmonary embolism and taking warfarin, how long and how do they ttest to see if the clot has desolved in the lung?
It is not useful to repeat testing, for most patients. Your body will remove the clot. The medication is used to make sure you do not get a new clot.
Most important is to be followed by a lung doc who has expertise in lung clots. ...Read more
I had a pulmonary embolism in march 2012 and was intubated in icu...I continue to have tightness in my lungs upon deep breathing and pain in my back.
See a physician: After 1 year scar tissue may have developed or the original disease process needs t o be checked. See your physician and they probably will order a followup chest xray. ...Read more
Mondor's disease is a local phenomenon, Here is a good article:
http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pmc/articles/PMC2978449/ ...Read more
I had 9 emboli's in my left lung. Had all symptoms of a pulmonary embolism. I was later told that I had pneumonia. I was never sick nor had a fever.
Occam's razor: If you were diagnosed with multiple pulmonary emboli (CT scan with PE protocol), it isn't unusual to develop pulmonary parenchymal changes and even pleural effusion. The emboli are causing lack of blood supply to the parenchyma and causing tissue death and a release of infammatory markers. Sometimes the changes can be construed as infection when not. Occam's razor applies. ...Read more
Will my mom, who has lung cancer, have a higher chance of getting a pulmonary embolism on a flight?
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
Pulmonary embolism about 2wks ago in both lungs 1 clot near rt side heart. Today left arm numb and severe headache why?
I just had an angio pulmonary cat scan with contrast to rule out a pulmonary embolism. Can that detect lung cancer? Chest xray normal. 42 years old.
Yes,: That type of CT can detect lung cancer. Tiny nodules 2mm or less can potentially be detected. There are benign causes for nodules as well, so although CT is good at finding nodules, and possibly assigning a reasonable probability of malignancy based on certain imaging features, CT cannot make a definitive diagnosis of cancer. ...Read more
Will a CT angiogram of the coronary arteries reveal a pulmonary embolism or other lung disease and is it harmful to have 2 CT scans in the same month?
It might: A CT angiogram or the coronaries might show a pulmonary embolism, provided that the radiologists obtained full field of view reconstructions (some do not) and the pulmonary embolism is not higher or lower than the field of view. Most often, the answer would be yes, a significant PE would be identified on this type of scan. Having two ct's in the same month is not optimal, but likely of no harm. ...Read more
The signs are..: ...Sudden shortness of breath and chest pain. However, if this is something that happens to you daily, you have, as your question reveals you already suspect, an anxiety problem, not a pulmonary embolus. There are many ways to lessen anxiety. Good sleep and nutrition, daily exercise, yoga and meditation, and medication. ...Read more
I am a medical student and I want to ask why would a patient have one side chest pain in the pulmonary embolism (physiology)?
I had a pulmonary embolism last week and my chest/side pain was gone but now it is back and severe. Should I be going to the ER or is this normal?
Is it normal that you get heavy chest pain feeling after stopping from blood thinners? Is it part of the body trying to heal from pulmonary embolism?
Depends: If you were on anticoagulants because of pulmonary emboli, the concern is, are there more clots forming and migrating to the lungs? If you are feeling really ill go to the emergency room, otherwise go see your doctor or call your doctor right away and inform what you are feeling. Young adults on contraceptives are at risk for deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary emboli. Once you get it, shouldn't take. ...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