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If I am young, should the risks for pulmonary embolism be low?

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Dr. David Shenouda
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: And there's more....

Smoking, oral contraceptives and some other medications may also increase your predisposition for producing clots and pes.

In brief: And there's more....

Smoking, oral contraceptives and some other medications may also increase your predisposition for producing clots and pes.
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends...

No matter your age, you could develop pe.
There are risk factors like long periods of immobility, trauma and congenital clotting defects that can be present so that even a younger person can have a pe. There are patients who have pe without any symptoms. If you think you might have a pe, you should be evaluated in an er since pe is potentially life-threatening.

In brief: Depends...

No matter your age, you could develop pe.
There are risk factors like long periods of immobility, trauma and congenital clotting defects that can be present so that even a younger person can have a pe. There are patients who have pe without any symptoms. If you think you might have a pe, you should be evaluated in an er since pe is potentially life-threatening.
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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

However, not zero.
I have had patients under thirty with pulmonary embolisms. Some patients are predisposed to clotting disorders. Also, one could develop an embolsim if one were in a motor vehicle accident. Long car rides and airplane flights even in young people can cause blood clots in the legs which could go to the lungs.

In brief: Yes

However, not zero.
I have had patients under thirty with pulmonary embolisms. Some patients are predisposed to clotting disorders. Also, one could develop an embolsim if one were in a motor vehicle accident. Long car rides and airplane flights even in young people can cause blood clots in the legs which could go to the lungs.
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Dr. Michael DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: Relatively

The risk for a pulmonary embolism are greater in older patients.
Pulmonary embolus ( pe) can be seen in young people who have other risk factors. These would include long periods of immobility ( such as after trauma), or disease like cancer. Other risks include obesity, sometimes with pregnancy or with birth control use, so pe can be observed in young people with risk factor.

In brief: Relatively

The risk for a pulmonary embolism are greater in older patients.
Pulmonary embolus ( pe) can be seen in young people who have other risk factors. These would include long periods of immobility ( such as after trauma), or disease like cancer. Other risks include obesity, sometimes with pregnancy or with birth control use, so pe can be observed in young people with risk factor.
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Dr. Sarkis Banipalsin
Family Medicine

In brief: Yes

Low especially if there are no risk factors.

In brief: Yes

Low especially if there are no risk factors.
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Dr. Jessica Davis
Family Medicine

In brief:

If you have no other risk factors, the risk of pulmonary embolism (pe) generally goes up as you get older. However, many conditions can increase the risk of pe in younger people.
These conditions include pregnancy, cancer, long periods of immobility, smoking, family history, extra estrogen from birth control pills, surgery, overweight, .

In brief:

If you have no other risk factors, the risk of pulmonary embolism (pe) generally goes up as you get older. However, many conditions can increase the risk of pe in younger people.
These conditions include pregnancy, cancer, long periods of immobility, smoking, family history, extra estrogen from birth control pills, surgery, overweight, .
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