Is a pulmonary embolism life threatening?

Definitely can be! More people die each year from Pulmonary embolism (PE) than highway fatalities, breast cancer & AIDS combine. PE causes or contributes to 15% of all hospital deaths. Due to pulmonary arterial obstruction, PE can result in acute right ventricular failure, a life-threatening condition.Since most patients tend to die within the first hrs of presentation, early diagnosis & treatment can be life saving.
Yes. A leading cause of initially unexplained death.

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Is pulmonary embolism still life threatening if it's diagnosed and treated?

It can be. A pulmonary embolism is potentially fatal. A 2002 study looked at people admitted to the hospital with PE and found that people who were unstable when they arrived at the hospital (CPR, on ventilator) had very high mortality rates (80%). People who were stable enough to have a CT scan had very low mortality rates (1-2%) Here is a link to the study https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12416281. Read more...
PE. How you talking about fully treatedz for three to six months? Depends how big is the pulmonary embolism how many of them are there and where is the embolism isfound in your lungs. Read more...

I had a very large saddle pulmonary embolism last August I'm on warfarin 4 life my bottom lip keeps going cold & feels numb could this be linked?

Warfarin. Warfarin is a good medicine, but can be really annoying as you well know. Cold feeling and even numbness have been reported as possible side effects to the drug. Discuss this with your Dr. as there are some newer medications on the market that may be of benefit to you, and do not require Blood monitoring or avoidance of specific Vit K containing foods, etc. Good luck. Read more...

What hereditary condition may cause general lack of energy? Grandmother (died of pulmonary embolism), mother and daughter spend life being tired.

Open question. cannot give specific answer with much limited information, anxiety and depression are the most common causes for lack of energy in a he absence of a clear organic cause, please check with your doctor, take care. Read more...

How bad is a pulmonary embolism pe?

Bad enough. Pulmonary emboli are deadly and cause many episodes of sudden death. They can be mild and even asymptomatic in some cases, but should always be treated seriously. Read more...

How harmful is a pulmonary embolism?

Depends on size. If the clot goes to many areas of the lungs or to main arteries and block them as the blood comes out of the heart, there can be no flow of blood and can be fatal, in term of areas, the clot also blocks flow and prevents oxygenation of blood. So large clots can obstruct flow and can be fatal. Read more...
Pulmonary embolism. A pulmonary embolism can be deadly (30% of patients of patients who are untreated). You can have severe respiratory compromise needing mechanical ventilation, cardiac compromise leading to shock and needing resuscitation. It is one of the top severe forms of chest pain that is continually screened for in the Emergency Room (Image by: James Heilman, , MD) Read more...

What increases risk of pulmonary embolism?

Large proximal DVT. Pulmonary embolus pe could be a clot , air bubble, fat or foreign body . Most commonly a clot, which typically travel from a deep vein thrombosis DVT usually from the legs. The larger the DVT and the more proximal then the more chance of pe . So DVT below the knee rarely causes pe while DVT in thigh veins and iliac veins in the abdomen are at highest risk. Read more...
See below. Many things including having had a previous deep venous thrombosis or pulmonary embolism, having a genetic predisposition or family history, smoking, birth control medication, autoimmune diseases such as lupus and prolonged immobilization including travel or bed rest, to name a few. Read more...

How do you diagnose a pulmonary embolism?

Imaging study. Either an angiogram or lung scan can be used. A noninvasive angiogram with a ct scan is most common today. Read more...
CT scan. The gold standard for diagnosing a pulmonary embolism is a ct scan of the chest with IV contrast. D-dimer (a blood test) may be used a s a screening tool, if that is negative, your chances of having a thromboembolic event are really low. For people intolerant of IV contrast, or with renal insufficiency, a v/q scan (ventilation-perfusion scan) may be used. Read more...