Does anticoagulant medication help pulmonary embolism?

Yes. Anticoagulation medications are used to treat pulmonary embolism. Initially heparin, Lovenox or fondapriunux may be given. Coumadin (warfarin) (wararin) is used for several months to help prevent new clots. Some patients who cannot receive anticoagulation medication may require surgery to remove the clot or the placement of filters to trap clots.
Yes... Anticoagulant medication allows the clot to be healed by the body's intrinsic system while at the same time, preventing new clot from forming. If anticoagulants are started before a clot forms, it helps to prevent any clot formation. The main side effect of these meds is bleeding.
Yes. A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that blocks a blood vessel in the lung. Anticoagulant medication is used to stop your body from making more blood clots. The anticoagulant medication has no effect on the blood clot that is already in the lung but it is important to take the anticoagulant medication because it is possible to keep making blood clots that embolize and become fatal.

Related Questions

What anticoagulants can be used safely in pregnancy for a pulmonary embolism in UK? Are there any tablets or are they all injections?

Pregnancy Anticoag. Heparin by injection is the recommended management. Warfarin is contraindicated during pregnancy. Other options are outlined on this website: http://www.uptodate.com/contents/use-of-anticoagulants-during-pregnancy-and-postpartum. Read more...

How can pulmonary embolism kill when active, no family traits, no drugs, smoking are young?

Clotting tendency. Clotting tendencies can occur in 8% of the population age 25 or older with increasing tendency with each decade. If a large enough clot forms in the veins of the legs and breaks off it can block the blood flow through the heart and pulmonary artery. Sudden death can be the consequence. It is all too frequently seen in clinical practice. Even minor trauma to the legs or immobility can cause this. Read more...
Trauma, immmobility. Risk factors for deep venous thrombosis, which is usually the cause of a pe, include trauma to the vessel (which promotes clotting) and immobility (often related to pain from the trauma). Read more...
OC. Oral contraceptives increase the risk of pulmonary embolism slightly. Also trauma and immobility (for example, being in bed for a prolonged period or a long airplane ride). Read more...
Extent of disease. Death from pulmonary embolism is related to the degree and extent of the clots in the lung . If greater than 50% of the pulmonary arteries are acutely occluded by blood clots the risk for death dramatically rises. Contributing factors also include delay in establishing the diagnosis. Read more...

If your a marathon walker, no family traits, don't smoke, do drugs, drink & are healthy how can you die of pulmonary embolism?

Clotting tendency. Clotting tendencies can occur in 8% of the population age 25 or older with increasing tendency with each decade. If a large enough clot forms in the veins of the legs and breaks off it can block the blood flow through the heart and pulmonary artery. Sudden death can be the consequence. It is all too frequently seen in clinical practice. Even minor trauma to the legs or immobility can cause this. Read more...
Genes mostly. Smoking increases the risk of deep vein thrombosis / pulmonary embolism only slightly, and the rest have no impact. Assuming the leg has not been immobile, most people who have an unexplained pulmonary thromboembolus turn out to have one of several different genes that make the blood clot too readily. I'm sorry this happened; the decedent's blood relatives need to tell their own physicians. Read more...
Hypercoagulable stat. Even a brief period of inactivity (long flight) , dehydration and a blood chemistry conducible( eg a hypercoagulable blood disorder) can cause you toform clots and subsequently a pe. Read more...