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Can smoking marijuana cause pulmonary embolisms?

Can smoking marijuana cause pulmonary embolisms?

Yes.: 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

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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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I was recently hospitalized due to a pulmonary embolism caused by my birth control. Is it bad for me to continue smoking marijuana?

I was recently hospitalized due to a pulmonary embolism caused by my birth control. Is it bad for me to continue smoking marijuana?

Yes: 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

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Can i smoke cannabis while on rivaroxaban for a pulmonary embolism?

Best not to smoke: Smoking anything is not in your best particularly with recent PE. You are young, save your lungs. If you are on medicinal marijuana you could confer with your doctor or pharmacist regarding drug interactions if oral intake was appropriate for you. ...Read more

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I am being treated for a provoked pulmonary embolism and just wondered if it was safe for me to smoke cannabis while on rivaroxaban?

I am being treated for a provoked pulmonary embolism and just wondered if it was safe for me to smoke cannabis while on rivaroxaban?

No: If you have a choice, don't. While smoking is not recommended, tobacco or cannabis, for anyone..... In someone who had a blood clot lodge in his lung, it is a very poor choice. Taking rivaroxaban does not mean that it is now safe to smoke. ...Read more

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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.

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

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How can pulmonary embolism kill when active, no family traits, no drugs, smoking are young?

How can pulmonary embolism kill when active, no family traits, no drugs, smoking are young?

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

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What are the dangers associated with smoking weed with a pulmonary embolism?

Marijuana: I you mean you have a pulmonary embolus and are being treated, I am unaware of any specific dangers with marijuana use. ...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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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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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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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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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 main symptoms of pulmonary embolism?

Shortness of breath: Also could cause chest pain or back pain, cough, coughing up blood, feeling of needing to have a BM, fast heart rate, low blood pressure ...Read more

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What do I do if my baby experiences pulmonary embolism?

What do I do if my baby experiences pulmonary embolism?

How old?: If you are taking about a child with pulmonary embolism , this is very serious and of course treatment is anticoagulant like Heparin then Coumadin (warfarin) .. Also need investigations for risk factors . Pe in children is very rare less than 5 in 100000. ...Read more

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What are the most common causes of a pulmonary embolism?

What are the most common causes of a pulmonary embolism?

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

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Do you always know if you were having a pulmonary embolism?

Do you always know if you were having a pulmonary embolism?

No: Sometimes you have very small emboli that you may not notice or can be very subtle . ...Read more

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If I am young, should the risks for pulmonary embolism be low?

If I am young, should the risks for pulmonary embolism be low?

And there's more....: Smoking, oral contraceptives and some other medications may also increase your predisposition for producing clots and pes. ...Read more

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What are some complications that arise from pulmonary embolism?

Multiple: Death
lung death-infarction
hemoptysis is- coughing blood
lung abscess
arrythmias
pulmonary- lung hypertension
heart failure
bleeding from treatment with anticoagulants. ...Read more

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After a pulmonary embolism what are the chances of a good outcome?

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

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Can you tell me if there are any way to detect pulmonary embolism?

Can you tell me if there are any way to detect pulmonary embolism?

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

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Is it really uncommon to have a pulmonary embolism when you are young?

Is it really uncommon to have a pulmonary embolism when you are young?

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

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What is the perc system in diagnosing pulmonary embolism and how effective is it?

PERC : 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.
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department of emergency medicine, carolinas medical center, charlotte, nc 28323-2861, usa. [email protected] ...Read more

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What to do if I have pulmonary embolism and anxiety?

What to do if I have pulmonary embolism and anxiety?

Pulmonary embolism: Get your PE treated appropriately and discuss the diagnosis and treatment with the doctor treating you. If you still have anxiety discuss it and the particular anxieties you have with your doctor who knows you. ...Read more

Marijuana (Definition)

Marijuana refers to the various preparations of the Cannabis plant into the psychoactive drug for recreational use ...Read more


Dr. Neil Halin
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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