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What should I expect after a pulmonary embolism (pe)?

What should I expect after a pulmonary embolism (pe)?

Will anticoagulant: People who survive a pulmonary embolism must be treated to lower their risk for a second event. This is usually done by taking blood thinners for a minimum of 3 months. The length of therapy depending on the details surrounding the clot. While on these medicines blood tests are needed to closely monitor therapy. In most patients they fully recover however. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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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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After a pulmonary embolism what are the chances of a good outcome?

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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How long do I have to wait before traveling after a pulmonary embolism?

How long do I have to wait before traveling after a pulmonary embolism?

PE: Before travelling after a pe we would want to have the patient's evidence for pulmonary obstruction cleared as well as ongoing effective anticoagulant therapy in place to minimize chances of a repeat event. The time frame can vary from patient to patient and is best discussed with your treating physician. ...Read more

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When is it safe to travel again after a pulmonary embolism?

When is it safe to travel again after a pulmonary embolism?

Very soon. : Pulmonary embolism occurs on a wide spectrum. If your daily exercise tolerance is reasonably good and you do not require supplementary oxygen, you should be able to fly. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate after a pulmonary embolism surgery?

What is the survival rate after a pulmonary embolism surgery?

Same as medicine: It depends: but so far it seems that medicines (blood thinners) are the treatment of choice for pulmonary embolism. Surgery is only performed in desperate situations and that is why mortality is very high. ...Read more

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Can you tell me exactly when is it safe to travel after a pulmonary embolism?

Can you tell me exactly when is it safe to travel after a pulmonary embolism?

No absolute: Feel good, breathe well, no swelling, mobile, stable anti coagulation all adds up to about 6 weeks likely. ...Read more

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How much time are you supposed to be on blood thinners after a pulmonary embolism?

How much time are you supposed to be on blood thinners after a pulmonary embolism?

At least 6 months: or longer, ( and depending if there are any coagulation factors deficiency) sometimes forever. Discuss this with your MD ...Read more

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After a pulmonary embolism how long do I need to take coumadin (warfarin)?

After a  pulmonary embolism how long do I need to take coumadin (warfarin)?

It depends: We always treat patients with DVT and pulmonary embolus for a minimum of 6 months and usually 12. Work-up for hypercoagulability (predisposition for abnormal blood clotting) is always performed, usually after the year of Coumadin (warfarin) treatment. If you have a hypercoagulable state as determined by blood testing, you may need anti coagulation for life. ...Read more

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Dr. Neil Halin
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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


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