Can a blood clot in the lung be fatal?

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!
Yes. Fortunately, the fatality rate when you have a blood clot in your lungs is low. However, it the clot is big enough, and/or is not treated soon enough, it can cause death.

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Can blood clots in the lung be usually fatal?

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...

Tell me about blood clot in the lung?

PE Pulmonary Embolus. A blood clot in the lung is called a Pulmonary Embolism or PE. This is when a blood clot breaks off from a deep vein [ a DVT ] elsewhere in the body and goes to the [embolizes] lung. You need a CT scan [ or VQ scan] of your chest to check for a blood clot in your lung. Read more...

What are some symptoms of having a blood clot in the lung?

Pulmonary Embolism . Is a sudden blockage in a lung artery. The blockage usually is caused by a blood clot that travels to the lung from a vein in the leg. Signs and symptoms of pulmonary embolism (pe) include unexplained shortness of breath, problems breathing, chest pain, coughing, or coughing up blood. An arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) also may suggest that you have pe. Read more...

Sharp pain in lung, shoulder cramp on the same side, light headed. What are the chances of a blood clot in the lung? Grandma had one years ago.

Hard to say. The most common symptoms seen with pulmonary embolism (lung blood clot) are shortness of breath, cough, some chest pain, sometimes coughing up of blood, elevated temperature above 100.4, and sometimes swelling and pain in one of the lower legs. If you are experiencing any of those symptoms, go to the ER immediately for workup. You are very young to have this, but it can happen, albeit rarely. Read more...