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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

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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I have blood clots in my lungs and I felt moving in my chest what does that means?

I have blood clots in my lungs and I felt moving in my chest what does that means?

See doctor: 'moving' in the chest is an unusual symptom/complaint. With a history of pulmonary embolism, and on enoxaparin, one should see their doctor to make certain everything is ok. ...Read more

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Spent 2 days in icu with blood clots in both lungs. On blood thinner. Dr said will take 4-6 weeks to dissolve. Does this mean the clots can move still?

Spent 2 days in icu with blood clots in both lungs. On blood thinner. Dr said will take 4-6 weeks to dissolve. Does this mean the clots can move still?

More info needed: Which blood thinner are you using? Activity level and general information should be given by your physician. Please contact your doctor to get specific answers. A lot depends on where the clots are and how big they are. Please make sure you have a good understanding of what is going on. Do not take chances! ...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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How dangerous are blood clots in the lungs?

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 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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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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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

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Are lung blood clots fatal?

Are lung blood clots fatal?

Not always: Pulmonary emboli (blood clots that travel to the lungs) vary greatly in size from patient to patient; some are trivial, others are rapidly fatal, and there are all sorts of outcomes in between. They are usually a serious problem and need prompt and effective treatment, and diagnosis as to where they come from, so that can also be treated. Anticoagulants ("blood thinners") are usually prescribed. ...Read more

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What is the risks of blood clots in ones leg and lung?

What is the risks of blood clots in ones leg and lung?

It depends: William, that depends on several factors. First, do you have any risk factors for blood clots? This includes recent hospitalization or surgery, recent travel, or prolonged sitting (like a truck driver). Second, do you have any family history of blood clots? Finally, do you have any symptoms? (leg pain or swelling, chest pain, shortness of breath). If the answer to all is no, then pretty low. ...Read more

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I have blood clots in lungs will I have it rest of life?

I have blood clots in lungs will I have it rest of life?

Blood clots: No, you should not have this for the rest of your life and your doctor (s) have to pay close attention to your health. Things should work out OK - please keep me posted. ...Read more

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How bad is it to have small blood clots in your lung?

Very: If the underlying problem is not found, there will usually be some big ones soon enough and the outcome is likely to be sudden death. ...Read more

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Are there good ways to avoid blood clots in the lung?

Yes: Stay out of the hospital (its one of the more common complications of being confined to a bed) stay active, don't smoke, and pick the right grandparents (risk for blood clots is partially hereditary). Other known risk factors include looooong flights or car rides without intermittent exercise (over 5 hours), obesity, contraceptive use, and heart failure. Prior clots are the biggest risk factor. ...Read more

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What are the top reasons for getting blood clots in the lung?

What are the top reasons for getting blood clots in the lung?

Leg clots: Most originate from clots in the large veins in the legs - sometimes from pelvic veins, especially women. Risk for clotting includes: smoking, hormones (estrogens - birth control pills), cancer, family history, obesity, prolonged immobilization, and recent surgery, advancing age. ...Read more

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What are the best treatments for blood clots in the lung?

What are the best treatments for blood clots in the lung?

Heparin warfarin: Heparin (an anticoagulant is started immediately). Eventually, most patients are switched to a pill medication - typically Coumadin (aka warfarin) is started after a few days and continued for several months. Some patients have a filter placed in the large abdominal vein (inferior vena cava) to decrease the risk of subsequent clots. ...Read more

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How do they test for blood clots in your lungs?

How do they test for blood clots in your lungs?

Ct scan: A ct scan of the chest is usually done with IV contrast to localize and verify if there is a blood clot in lungs. Sometimes they can do another radiological test called ventilation perfusion scan but these are less reliable. ...Read more

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How long can you live with blood clots in your leg and lungs?

How long can you live with blood clots in your leg and lungs?

DVT and PE: If people with deep venous thromboses and pulmonary emboli receive anticoagulation treatment, haven't suffered large clots that could impair their respiratory function, and don't have an underlying cancer, they should have a normal life expectancy. A hematologist can tell you how long to stay on active treatment and what can be done to prevent additional clots in the future. ...Read more

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I have blood clots in my lungs they small but is it safe to smoke a little bit?

I have blood clots in my lungs they small but is it safe to smoke a little bit?

Smoke a little: It is never safe to smoke even "a little bit." That raises the probability of illness for all of us. Having blood clots only increases the risk. I respect the fact that it can be a struggle to become completely smoke free. Please contact your local hospital, doctor, cancer society or psychologist for support as you heal and to stay smoke free afterwards. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has blood clots in both lungs and is on cumiden 8 mg. What foods is he alowed to eat?

My boyfriend has blood clots in both lungs and is on cumiden 8 mg. What foods is he alowed to eat?

No salads: You should stay with anything I could change vitamin k in it and that usually green leafy vegetables. ...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