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Doctor insights on: Why Could A Broken Femur Cause A Pulmonary Embolism

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Dr. Milroy Samuel
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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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Can drink alcohol can cause a pulmonary embolism ?

Can drink alcohol can cause a pulmonary embolism ?

Not usually: Low to moderate drinking has been shown to lower risk of pulmonary embolism, not raise it. ...Read more

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Can a pulmonary embolism be caused by being overweight?

Can a pulmonary embolism be caused by being overweight?

YES: Increased weight can cause impaired blood return from the venous system of the legs or pelvis where clots can form and then migrate to the lung as a pulmonary embolism. Obesity may also impair heart function also increasing the risk for pulmonary embolism. ...Read more

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Can a low heart cause pulmonary embolism?

Can a low heart cause pulmonary embolism?

No: I'm guessing that you mean a heart that lays low in the chest. This would not cause pulmonary embolism; in fact the position of the heart would have no effect on pulmonary embolism, which is caused by clots in veins (usually in the legs or pelvis) breaking loose and traveling to the lung. ...Read more

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Hi, What is Cardiac Ischaemia and can it cause Pulmonary Embolism. Many thanks.

Hi, What is Cardiac Ischaemia and can it cause Pulmonary Embolism. Many thanks.

Cardiac ischaemia.: Cardiac ischemia denotes a reduction in blood flow through the arteries that supply the heart with blood. This would typically happen in the context of blockages within the arteries of the heart. This does not directly cause pulmonary emboli. ...Read more

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Why will a pulmonary embolism cause low o2 but not high co2?

Why will a pulmonary embolism cause low o2 but not high co2?

V/Q mismatch: A large pe will cause elevated c02 and require more respiratory effort because the physiologic "dead space" will increase and the body may not be able to compensate with increased breathing. For the same reason the affected area of lung cannot participate in gas exchange which may lead to inadequate oxygenation - or low o2. ...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