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Will an oxygen tank help with pulmonary embolism?

Will an oxygen tank help with pulmonary embolism?

Depends...: In severe pulmonary embolism, the oxygen level in the body may decrease to levels that require supplemental oxygen. Most of these patients would be hospitalized for their treatment and once the clot resolves, oxygen level should return to baseline levels. ...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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Does extra oxygen help with pulmonary htn?

Primary: Pulmonary hypertension leads to hypoxia, but the oxy gen does not reverse that processs, but does stem the rate at which it would worsen. ...Read more

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Help docs, is hyperbaric oxygen therapy the same as breathing oxygen through an oxygen tank?

Help docs, is hyperbaric oxygen therapy the same as breathing oxygen through an oxygen tank?

Hyperbaric vs oxygen: No, it is not. Oxygen with a mask or nasal cannula supplied by a tank is not delivered under pressure. Hyperbaric chambers deliver oxygen under pressure so that the level of oxygen in the body tissues exceeds those values that oxygen is delivered via sea level. ...Read more

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Can you get a pulmonary embolisim with a greenfield filter?

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Can you get a pulmonary embolisim with a greenfield filter?

Yes. : Filters will stop most fatal pulmonary emboli, but clots small enough to slip through the struts of the filter can still embolize to the pulmonary arteries. Additionally sometimes clot that has been stopped by the filter may "propagate, " or grow, above it and serve as an additional source for potential pulmonary emboli. ...Read more

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Can you treat Parkinson's with a hyperbaric oxygen chamber?

Can you treat Parkinson's with a hyperbaric oxygen chamber?

Parkinson's: The research that has looked at this issue is not conclusive. This indication is not one of the those approved for payment from medicare so the cost burden returns to the patient. ...Read more

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Please tell me a list of causes for air hunger/sob when your oxygen saturation is 100%. Can you still have pulmonary emboli with 100% oxygen saturatio?

Please tell me a list of causes for air hunger/sob when your oxygen saturation is 100%. Can you still have pulmonary emboli with 100% oxygen saturatio?

SOB: Saturation when oxygen is above 60 torr can range from 90-100%. Pe can be large or small. Air hunger can be when there is real causes as in pneumonia, asthma, pe or even when a lung is constricted and can't inflate fully and lacks the feeling of satisfaction, anxiety, nervousness, CHF or even simple cold with congestion can do it. It is best to talk to your doctor, he/she knows you better than us. ...Read more

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How can an air embolism kill your fetus?

How can an air embolism kill your fetus?

Extremely rare: Air embolism refers to air or gas entering the blood stream. In an adult it can be from an intravenous line. In the case of a fetus the potential would be from the mothers bloodstream or vaginal canal. If you have concerns then discuss these with your obstetrician. They are here to help you and rare case reports exist. ...Read more

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Can hyperbaric chamber help a COPD patient?

Can hyperbaric chamber help a COPD patient?

Agree w Dr. Wyatt: I don't think i would clear a patient with COPD to go into a hyperbaric chamber due to risk of air trapping ; pneumothorax. COPD is not an approved indication for hyperbaric oxygen use. ...Read more

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Can i maintain an oxygen level greater than 88% with pulmonary fibrosis?

Yes: Depending on the severity of the pulmonary fibrosis it is possible to maintain an o2 saturation > 88% especially with the aid of supplemental oxygen. ...Read more

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Can someone with a pulmonary embolism apply for disability?

Can someone with a pulmonary embolism apply for disability?

If disabled: While pulmonary embolism can be life threatening in acute setting, properly treated often does not result in significant disability. If you have a valid medical disability, your family physician can help in obtaining appropriate services and benefits. ...Read more

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Is pulmonary arterial hypertension more of a respiratory or cardiac condition. How can I assist my gp to determine if pah exists.

Is pulmonary arterial hypertension more of a respiratory or cardiac condition. How can I assist my gp to determine if pah exists.

Both: The heart and lungs are closely aligned and PAH is a condition of both. To determine your pulmonary artery pressure non-invasively, ask your GP to order an echocardiogram with that specific indication (so the tech will be sure to make the appropriate measurements). ...Read more

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I need to use oxygen for a lung condition. Is it safe to take an oxygen tank to a fireworks display?

Probably: If you are watching the fireworks there should be no problem. If you are lighting them, that would not be a good idea. ...Read more

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For what reason should patients with COPD be given low flow concentration (1-2l/min) supplemental oxygen?

For what reason should patients with COPD be given low flow concentration (1-2l/min) supplemental oxygen?

Low oxygen...: People with COPD can develop low oxygen levels due to their lung disease. Oxygen therapy is then administered in the lowest amount needed to treat their hypoxia. Too much oxygen can actually cause lung toxicity which worsens lung function. ...Read more

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Can you get an oxygen tank for breathing without a doctor's prescription?

Maybe: You might be able to find one but should not as oxygen is a drug and you can be harmed by using it when it is not medically indicated. ...Read more

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Do you cough up blood with a pulmonary embolism?

Do you cough up blood with a pulmonary embolism?

Sometimes...: Coughing up blood, or hemoptysis, can be a symptom of pe. Hemoptysis is a symptom that always requires an evaluation because it can be a sign of malignancy. These diagnoses are life-threatening so always see a doctor if hemoptysis is present. ...Read more

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Will an air filter with an ionizer help or aggravate my asthma?

Will an air filter with an ionizer help or aggravate my asthma?

Yes and no: The air filter (be sure to use HEPA grade filter) will help to remove allergens and irritants that can act as triggers. The ionizer can actually exacerbate asthma because the free radicals that are produced can worsen inflammation within the lung. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Oxygen (Definition)

Oxygen is a gas that the cells in your body need to work properly. The air we breathe normally has 21% oxygen. A maximum of 100% oxygen can be given. Babies with heart or lung problems may need ...Read more


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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