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Doctor insights on: What Cause Blood Clots In The Lungs

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Lung (Definition)

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


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What can cause blood clots in the lungs or legs?

What can cause blood clots in the lungs or legs?

Smoking: Smoking is one cause, varicose veins, swelling in the lower legs, trauma, being stagnant i.E sitting on a plane for a long trip., and oral contraceptives are the most common causes for the clot to go to the leg. Once in the leg, they can dislodge and go to the lung then the clot would be called a pulmonary embolism. (pulmonary = lung, embolism = moving clot.). ...Read more

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What causes a blood clot in the lungs what's the best bplan of action?

What causes a blood clot in the lungs what's the best bplan of action?

Embolus: Usually from a clot in the leg/pelvis veins (deep venous thrombosis dvt) that then breaks loose, goes thru the heart and lodges in the lung (pulmonary embolus). A search for a cause is the first step. If an underlying cause is found, that needs treatment. In addition short term anticoagulation with heparin, and longer treatment with Coumadin (warfarin) for 3-6 months is common. ...Read more

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I'm on blood thinners and my blood count went from 2.5 up to 3.2, what caused this to happen? I've been on Coumadin for a year and a half because of blood clots in my lungs, what does the blood count mean? What is the meaning of 2.5 for example, please e

I'm on blood thinners and my blood count went from 2.5 up to 3.2, what caused this to happen? I've been on Coumadin for a year and a half because of blood clots in my lungs, what does the blood count mean? What is the meaning of 2.5 for example, please e

The: The laboratory test you seem to be describing is called an inr (international normalized ratio). The inr measures the time it takes for your blood to clot and compares it to a normal average. The higher the inr, the longer it takes blood to clot. If the inr is too high, there is a risk of uncontrolled bleeding.
The inr helps in monitoring the dose of blood thinners. In people not on blood thinners, the inr is about 1.0. For patients on blood thinners, the inr should generally be between 2.0 and 3.0 for treating blood clots in the lungs. The appropriate inr should be individualized for each patient. An inr can be too high; a number greater than 4.0 may indicate that blood is clotting too slowly, creating a risk of uncontrolled bleeding. An inr less than 2.0 may not provide adequate protection from clotting.
If you are on blood thinners many drugs can affect bleeding/clotting risk such as: aspirin, ibuprofen, antibiotics, and birth control pills. Do not take any prescription or nonprescription medicines without first talking to the doctor who follows your inr test results. Foods high in vitamin k can affect blood clotting. Broccoli, lettuce, spinach and liver are all high in vitamin k. It is important to consume a consistent amount of these foods to avoid changes in your bleeding/clotting risks. It is important to have follow up blood tests regularly and to know your medication dosage and inr. Report any unusual bleeding or bruising to your physician. ...Read more

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What disease might cause the body to quit producing vitamin b resulting in blood clots on the lungs?

What disease might cause the body to quit producing vitamin b resulting in blood clots on the lungs?

Your body doesn't: The body does not produce vitamin b. That comes from your diet. Vitamin b is not associated with blood clots. ...Read more

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What are some causes for healthy 35 male to have blood clots in legs and lungs? Non smoker, not over weight, no recent travel, and neg for factor v.

What are some causes for healthy 35 male to have blood clots in legs and lungs? Non smoker, not over weight, no recent travel, and neg for factor v.

Hypercoagulable stat: Get checked for other hypercoagulable states like protien c & s, antiphospholipid antibody, prothrombin gene mutation, antithrombin3, homocysteine etc.
Older pts we recommend to screen for cancers also. ...Read more

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Can blood clots of the penis travel to the lungs and cause Pulmonary Embolism?

Can blood clots of the penis travel to the lungs and cause Pulmonary Embolism?

NO: Mondor's disease is a local phenomenon, Here is a good article:
http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pmc/articles/PMC2978449/ ...Read more

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Can traces of regrutation of mitral valve, triscupid, and pulmonic cause blood clots and arrthythmias with symptoms, such as chest discomfort, etc?

Can traces of regrutation of mitral valve, triscupid, and pulmonic cause blood clots and arrthythmias with symptoms, such as chest discomfort, etc?

Radiologist answer: "Trace" regurge of any heart valve is not expected to be clinically significant, until it gets worse.
Large clots in the heart are seen on routine echocardiography (see picture). Smaller ones are investigated by endoscopic echo (a probe is placed in the esophagus for better detail).
Causes for chest discomfort and arrhythmias are many and should be looked for by a cardiologist. ...Read more

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How dangerous are blood clots in the lungs?

Very dangerous: However, if it is small and goes to a small part of he lung, it can be minimal. Many have had a pe and never known it. Hhowever, a clot going to the central vessels of the lung can kill a person instantly. ...Read more

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What should be done about blood clots in the lungs?

What should be done about blood clots in the lungs?

Blood thinners: It depends on when the blood clot was found, but you need to be on a course if blood thinners, minimum 3 months. And a search for the cause of blood clots is necessary. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for recurrent blood clots in the lungs?

What is the prognosis for recurrent blood clots in the lungs?

Anticoagulation: Some patients make blood clots more easily, and you are likely one of them. Recurrent clots in your lungs means you need life long anticoagulation with blood thinners such as coumadin (warfarin). You should also see a hematologist for evaluation of why you make clots. It can be hereditary. So, with medical therapy, and monitoring your prognosis is good. ...Read more

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Can anyone help me find online information on blood clots in the lungs?

Can anyone help me find online information on blood clots in the lungs?

Can be deadly: The size of the clot dictates how dangerous it is. Very very tiny emboli may not have much clinical consequence, unless it happens frequently. A large embolus that blocks large amounts of flow to the lung can cause symptoms including shortness of breath and even cardiac arrest. Unexpected shortness of breath should always be considered an emergency and evaluated by a doctor right away! ...Read more

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How serious are blood clots in the lungs, if you never have clot problems before?

How serious are blood clots in the lungs, if you never have clot problems before?

Can be deadly: The size of the clot dictates how dangerous it is. Very very tiny emboli may not have much clinical consequence, unless it happens frequently. A large embolus that blocks large amounts of flow to the lung can cause symptoms including shortness of breath and even cardiac arrest. Unexpected shortness of breath should always be considered an emergency and evaluated by a doctor right away! ...Read more

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Are blood clots in the lungs something you would notice immediately because the pain is just so bad?

Are blood clots in the lungs something you would notice immediately because the pain is just so bad?

Not necessarily: There are silent blood clots and acute dramatic blood clots. Often they are diagnosed because a good clinician continues to look for causes beyond the obvious. It is easy with the acute onset, painful, short of breath, critical symptoms, but many are not that presentation. ...Read more

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Do blood clots in the lungs show up in the lungs in an xray as well as nuclear scan?

Do blood clots in the lungs show up in the lungs in an xray as well as nuclear scan?

No: Very rarely a chest x-ray can show typical signs of plumonary emboli. Chest-x-ray is performed to rule out other causes of symptoms such as pneumonia or pleural effusion. Ct with contrast agent or v/q lung scan with radioisotopes inhalation and intravenous injection are the most common methods for diagnosing pulmonary emboli. ...Read more

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What natural remedy to prevent blood clots in the lungs when you are traveling?

Nattokinase/Vit E &: There is significant risk of blood clots in the legs on long flights, which can travel to the lungs. Walking some every hour or two should help. Drink lots of fluids. Wobenzym, vitalzym, nattokinase & lumbrokinase are the most effective natural blood thinners (any one of these is adequate). Other supplements that prevent clots include vitamin e, garlic, ginger and turmeric/curcumin. ...Read more

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What natural remedy to prevent blood clots in the lungs, since I'm flying to new zealand?

What natural remedy to prevent blood clots in the lungs, since I'm flying to new zealand?

Nattokinase/Vit E &: There is significant risk of blood clots in the legs on long flights, which can travel to the lungs. Walking some every hour or two should help. Drink lots of fluids. Wobenzym, vitalzym, nattokinase & lumbrokinase are the most effective natural blood thinners (any one of these is adequate). Other supplements that prevent clots include vitamin e, garlic, ginger and turmeric/curcumin. Have a good trip! ...Read more

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What type of doctor do you see if you have blood clots in the lungs? Surgeon? Hematologist?

What type of doctor do you see if you have blood clots in the lungs? Surgeon? Hematologist?

Initially, E.R. MD: Once the diagnosis is made hospitalization for "blood thinners" will normally ensue, the E.R. Md will then turn the patient over to a hospitalist (internal medicine md) for in-patient management. After hospital discharge an internist or hematologist will provide follow up care. ...Read more

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What does blood clots on the lungs mean?

What does blood clots on the lungs mean?

Pulmonary embolism: When doctors say blood clots in the lungs, they are usually talking about pulmonary embolism, which is blockages in one or more arteries in the lungs, caused by blood clots from another part of your body, most commonly, your legs. Pulmonary embolism is a potentially life-threatening complication of DVT (deep vein thrombosis), which is clotting in the deep veins. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of blood clots that get to your lungs?

What are the symptoms of blood clots that get to your lungs?

Cannot breathe, pain: Sudden onset of dyspnea (difficulty breathing), chest pain, and hemoptysis (cough up blood), are the main symptoms that occur with pulmonary infarction from pulmonary embolism. Syncope, or fainting may point to a massive pulmonary embolism. ...Read more

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A few weeks ago my boyfriend found out he has blood clots on both of his lungs and and recently he has been loosing his memory how can I help him?

A few weeks ago my boyfriend found out he has blood clots on both of his lungs and and recently he has been loosing his memory how can I help him?

Blood clots/memory: Please have him see a specialist as soon as possible. Start with a hematologist or possible rheumatologist for coagulation, abnormalities, he can also assess for para-neoplastic syndrome or vasculitis (inflammation of vessels due to auto immune disease)which could explain the clots and neurologic symptoms. Follow up this week with a doctor. ...Read more

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What are the tests for blood clots in the lung?

What are the tests for blood clots in the lung?

CT scan of lungs: The beginning of all good testing is having the doctor take a good history and do a good physical exam. If the results are strongly suggestive of someone having a blood clot in the lungs (pulmonary embolism-pe), then a blood test called a d-dimer might be ordered. If that is low, you don't have a clot. If high, the gold standard of testing for a pe is a spiral cat scan of the lungs with infusion. ...Read more

Blood Clot (Definition)

A blood clot or thrombus is the final step of the coagulation cascade. It is a good thing when your body is trying to stop blood loss, however a blood clot can form in the veins after prolonged periods of immobility. This type of like ...Read more