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What is the pulmonary embolism recovery time?

What is the pulmonary embolism recovery time?

Depends: While you can recover physically from a mild pe in a few days or weeks, it is recommended that you take a blood thinner for 6 months, and if this is a recurrent pe, you may need blood thinner lifelong. ...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


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What causes pulmonary embolism?

What causes pulmonary embolism?

Blood clot: A pulmonary embolism is the result of a blood clot travelling to your lungs. The blood clot (referred to usually as a DVT) is usually found in the veins in one or both of your legs. This breaks loose and travels up through the IVC to the heart and then to your lungs. ...Read more

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How lethal is a pulmonary embolism?

How lethal is a pulmonary embolism?

Depends: Depends on the amount of clot that travels to the lungs, underlying heart and lung conditions, and concurrent illnesses. Massive pulmonary emboli associated with low blood pressure, right heart failure, severe hypoxia and pulmonary hypertension are more likely to cause death. Also if pulmonary emboli occurs as a complication of another illness are more deadly. ...Read more

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How bad is a pulmonary embolism pe?

How bad is a pulmonary embolism pe?

Bad enough: Pulmonary emboli are deadly and cause many episodes of sudden death. They can be mild and even asymptomatic in some cases, but should always be treated seriously. ...Read more

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Could pulmonary embolism 'go away'?

Could pulmonary embolism 'go away'?

Yes....: A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot in the blood vessels in the lung. Symptoms range from no symptoms to death, depending in the size and location of the blood clot. Once the blood clot is no longer increasing in size, the body's own system will "heal" the clot by reabsorbing it. Blood thinners allow this to happen, by making it impossible for the blood clot to continue to increase in size. ...Read more

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How harmful is a pulmonary embolism?

Depends on size: If the clot goes to many areas of the lungs or to main arteries and block them as the blood comes out of the heart, there can be no flow of blood and can be fatal, in term of areas, the clot also blocks flow and prevents oxygenation of blood. So large clots can obstruct flow and can be fatal. ...Read more

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How to die from a pulmonary embolism?

Several mechanisms: The loss of effectively gas-exchanging lung. The strain on the right ventricle. Breakdown products of the thrombus causing wheezing. The vagal reflex from the stretched pulmonary artery. Atelectasis of the underperfused lung and the opportunity for infection. VQ mismatch of course. Complete or near-complete occlusion by one or more large emboli. ...Read more

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What are the signs of pulmonary embolism?

Variable: Pulmonary embolism may be silent and cause no signs or symptoms to causing sudden death. In between, it may cause chest pain, shortness of breath, bloody sputum etc. Consult this site for more info. http://www.webmd.com/lung/tc/pulmonary-embolism-topic-overview ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a pulmonary embolism?

What are symptoms of a pulmonary embolism?

Symptom...: Pulmonary embolism can occur without any symptoms. Some symptoms include sudden onset of shortness of breath, coughing up blood, chest pain, racing heart, etc. The person may have a low oxygen level. If this diagnosis is suspected, go to the er immediately since this can be life-threatening. ...Read more

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What increases risk of pulmonary embolism?

What increases risk of pulmonary embolism?

See below: Many things including having had a previous deep venous thrombosis or pulmonary embolism, having a genetic predisposition or family history, smoking, birth control medication, autoimmune diseases such as lupus and prolonged immobilization including travel or bed rest, to name a few. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose a pulmonary embolism?

How do you diagnose a  pulmonary embolism?

CT scan: The gold standard for diagnosing a pulmonary embolism is a ct scan of the chest with IV contrast. D-dimer (a blood test) may be used a s a screening tool, if that is negative, your chances of having a thromboembolic event are really low. For people intolerant of IV contrast, or with renal insufficiency, a v/q scan (ventilation-perfusion scan) may be used. ...Read more

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Can small children get pulmonary embolism?

Can small children get pulmonary embolism?

Yes: Development of pulmonary embolisms depends on many factors. But small children certainly can develop them if they have specific conditions. Please see your child's physician to discuss your specific issues. ...Read more

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What are the causes of pulmonary embolism?

PE: read this: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pulmonary-embolism/basics/definition/con-20022849

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Who is likely to have a pulmonary embolism?

Who is likely to have a pulmonary embolism?

Risk factors: Risk factor for pulmonary embolism, or blood clot in the lung, includes immobility and blood vessel injury. Patients at bed rest or who are less mobile due to a long plane or car ride are examples of people at risk for blood clots. Most pulmonary emboli originate as a blood clot in the legs but other sources are also possible. ...Read more

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Could you get a pulmonary embolism 2 times?

Absolutely: Especially if you have the same risk factors, be it inherited, immobility, birth control pills, smoking etc. If you get it a second time, you should take blood thinners for life. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a pulmonary embolism?

Pulmonary embolism: P.E. Is a thrombus (clot) that travelled to the blood vessel supplying the lung. Small clots do not obstruct as much and symptoms can be cough or shortness of breath. Ct or MRI scans are now used more than ventilation/perfusion scans. Large clots can completely occlude the pulmonary artery and are lethal. Death can be sudden and unexplained or misdiagnosed. Recent surgery or bedrest add risk. ...Read more

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Is pulmonary embolism a long lasting disease?

Is pulmonary embolism a long lasting disease?

Depends...: It depends on the etiology of the pulmonary embolism as well as the size of the pe. There is a disease called chronic thromboembolic disease and patients with this have recurrent blood clots. There are also congenital clotting defects which lead to recurrent clots. If a large pe occurs, there can be chronic sequelae. There is treatment available once a diagnosis like this is made. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a pulmonary embolism?

What are the symptoms of a pulmonary embolism?

Symptoms...: Pulmonary embolus or pe can happen in patients without any symptoms. If there are any symptoms, the most common symptoms are shortness of breath with increased heart rate. The patient tends to have a low oxygen level. There may be leg swelling if the clot originated in the leg, the most common scenario. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of pulmonary embolism pe?

Short of breath: Sudden onset shortness of breath. Sometimes sharp chest pain that changes with breathing. Rapid heart rate and occasionally if big pe dizziness and fainting. ...Read more

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How common is pulmonary embolismĀ 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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Pulmonary Embolism (Definition)

Pulmonary embolism is a condition where there is a blockage, either by a blood clot, air, or fat, of the ...Read more


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Blood Clot In Lung (Definition)

Pulmonary embolus is a condition where there is a blockage, either by a blood clot, air, or fat, of the ...Read more