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Doctor insights on: Pulmonary Thromboembolism During Pregnancy

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How can you die from pulmonary thromboembolism?

How can you die from pulmonary thromboembolism?

2 main reasons: 1. Massive pe can cause cardiovascular collapse / heart strain / arrhythmia 2. You can't oxygenate your blood (i.e. Oxygen enters your lungs but can't get into your blood because your pulmonary vessels are "clogged" with a large pe (or pes). ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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How do people die when they have a pulmonary thromboembolism?

How do people  die when they have a pulmonary thromboembolism?

Heart: Unable to pump blood effectively and lungs unable to oxygenate blood effectively if embolism to pulmonary arteries is large enough. ...Read more

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My son, 35, avid walker, no genetic factors, no drugs, never sat down, didn't smoke, drink, died of a pulmonary thromboembolism caused by dvt?

My son, 35, avid walker, no genetic factors, no drugs, never sat down, didn't smoke, drink, died of a pulmonary thromboembolism caused by dvt?

I'm so sorry: My heart goes out to you--it certainly sounds like your son didn't have DVT risk factors, however pulmonary emboli can happen and almost anyone. Genetic factors can play a role. You may want to talk to a henatologist (blood doctor) about possible clotting problems in your family. ...Read more

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Is it true a cortisone/steroid shot in shoulder can affect my baby lungs? I'm 6 months pregnant and I been looking for information to make sure it's safe during pregnancy, since I don't see my OGYN till the 15th and Ortho appt this week for the shot.

Is it true a cortisone/steroid shot in shoulder can affect my baby lungs? I'm 6 months pregnant and I been looking for information to make sure it's safe during pregnancy, since I don't see my OGYN till the 15th and Ortho appt this week for the shot.

Steroid shots: Steroid injections like Dexamethasone and Betamethasone are given to pregnant women at risk of preterm delivery to help the babies lung mature faster. It is beneficial to give steroids in these circumstances. Cortisone is a different steroid and is not used for this purpose. If your doctor thinks that it is an appropriate use for your shoulder then it can be given. ...Read more

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How far into in the pregnancy are the babies lungs mature at?

How far into in the pregnancy are the babies lungs mature at?

34 weeks GA: Typically antenatal steroids are given to mothers who are going to deliver before 34 weeks gestation, as the lungs aren't mature by this time. They still may be given after 34 weeks, in some circumstances, but most babies have mature lungs and breathe well on their own without mothers getting steroids by 34 wks GA. ...Read more

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I am 80% effaced n 3cm dilated only 33 weeks and 4days pregnant third pregnancy all 1yr apart given steroids for bbys lungs delivering soon? How soon?

I am 80% effaced n 3cm dilated only 33 weeks and 4days pregnant third pregnancy all 1yr apart given steroids for bbys lungs delivering soon? How soon?

Maybe not: Many women at 3 cm can last a few weeks. Especially since it's your 3rd pregnancy. Obviously, there's a chance you could deliver preterm, but there's also a chance you could go to term. That's good docs gave steroids. Watch for signs of labor and leakage of fluid, in addition to baby's fetal movement. No one can say when you'll deliver.... Hopefully it's at least 4-6 weeks from now! ...Read more

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Scan showed my baby had hydrops by lungs and heart. I ended pregnancy at 26 weeks. I feel guilty constantly and can't move on? I'm having bad dreams

Scan showed my baby had hydrops by lungs and heart. I ended  pregnancy at 26 weeks.  I feel guilty constantly and can't move on? I'm having bad dreams

Get counselling: You need to see a professional counselor to discuss this issue at length. Making the decision with regret can lead to depression which will not go away until it is addressed. You must remember that this pregnancy was NOT normal and would have required special care both emotionally, physically, and financially had it lived, that perhaps you would not have been able to given. ...Read more

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Dr. Milroy Samuel
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Respiratory (Definition)

Pertaining to the work of breathing done by the chest ...Read more