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Smoking Marijuana With A Pulmonary Embolism
In a study of 749 people reporting marijuana side effects, 26 people (3.47%) had pulmonary embolism, all
females. Age distribution:
10-19 years: 7.69%; 20-39 years: 34.62%; 40-49 years: 23.08%. Main conditions: 1.Pain:10 people/38.46%; 2. Contraception: 10/ 38.46%; 3.Unknown: 9 /34.62%; 4.Panic attack: 5/19.23% cerebral palsy 3/11.54%
drugs co-used: yaz, (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) yasmin,
albuterol, nuvaring, motrin. ...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
I was recently hospitalized due to a pulmonary embolism caused by my birth control. Is it bad for me to continue smoking marijuana?
MJ is a psychoactive drug and is bad for you with or without a clotting problem.
Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more
My son had a pulmonary embolism 5 years ago and is now 32. He continues to regularly smoke marijuana and drink alcohol daily. very risky for re-occur?
Smoke: He is at risk for many health problems and perhaps another embolism ...Read more
I am being treated for a provoked pulmonary embolism and just wondered if it was safe for me to smoke cannabis while on rivaroxaban?
Is it okay for me to smoke cannabis while on rivaroxaban? I'm being treated for a pulmonary embolism which was provoked due to me being hospitilised after renal failure.
No: Smoking (inhaling smoke, which is full of lung irritants and cancer-causing chemicals) of any kind is unhealthy. Cannabis is illegal under U.S. federal law, so one can be convicted of a crime. Having a conviction may have bad side effects, such as problems getting a new job or the inability to enter Canada for a vacation. Regardless, cannabis is not necessary for life. ...Read more
Extent of disease: Death from pulmonary embolism is related to the degree and extent of the clots in the lung . If greater than 50% of the pulmonary arteries are acutely occluded by blood clots the risk for death dramatically rises. Contributing factors also include delay in establishing the diagnosis. ...Read more
I am a 21 y/o M taking warfarin due to an episode of Pulmonary Embolism.My INR levels fluctuate from 1.4-3.5.At what higher level do I visit d ER?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
DVT: The most common cause of a pulmonary embolism is deep venous thrombosis . Dvt usually occurs in individuals with trauma , hypercoagulable state, or immobilization. In individuals who have a DVT risk of pe can be 30% without treatment. If the DVT is treated risk of pe is substantially less ...Read more
No: Sometimes you have very small emboli that you may not notice or can be very subtle . ...Read more
And there's more....: Smoking, oral contraceptives and some other medications may also increase your predisposition for producing clots and pes. ...Read more
Depends: If the pe was caused by well-known risk factors such as immobilization, smoking, birth control pills etc and those are eliminated, chances are quite good. Also depends on the size of the pe and how it was treated. If you have an ongoing risk factor such as hereditary predisposition, cancer or an autoimmune disease, you may still have a good outcome but may continue to be at risk. ...Read more
Yes: The most common way to diagnose a pe is a ct scan with dye (cta). A pulmonary arteriogram is also an excellent means of diagnosis but seldom used as it is more invasive. A nuclear medicine scan (v/q scan) may also be helpful , but, is not as definitive and gives a probably of a pulmonary embolus reported a high, low, or intermediate. A cta is by far the most popular study. ...Read more
Usually yes: In general pulmonary embolisms (like most illnesses) are less common in younger people. Having said that some underlying illnesses (including having autoimmune disease, clotting factor mutations, sickle cell disease etc.) increase risk - so do smoking, hormones, infections and cancer. ...Read more
This is a series of questions which can help screen people for possible pulmonary embolus.
Ref: prospective multicenter evaluation of the pulmonary embolism rule-out criteria.
Kline ja, courtney dm, kabrhel c, moore cl, smithline ha, plewa mc, richman pb, o'neil bj, nordenholz k.
department of emergency medicine, carolinas medical center, charlotte, nc 28323-2861, usa. [email protected] ...Read more