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What causes a blood clot in the lungs what's the best bplan of action?
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In brief: Embolus
Usually from a clot in the leg/pelvis veins (deep venous thrombosis dvt) that then breaks loose, goes thru the heart and lodges in the lung(pulmonary embolus).
A search for a cause is the first step. If an underlying cause is found, that needs treatment. In addition short term anticoagulation with heparin, and longer treatment with Coumadin (warfarin) for 3-6 months is common.

In brief: Embolus
Usually from a clot in the leg/pelvis veins (deep venous thrombosis dvt) that then breaks loose, goes thru the heart and lodges in the lung(pulmonary embolus).
A search for a cause is the first step. If an underlying cause is found, that needs treatment. In addition short term anticoagulation with heparin, and longer treatment with Coumadin (warfarin) for 3-6 months is common.
Dr. Lee Pederson
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Dr. Alex Spyropoulos
Internal Medicine
In brief: Pulmonary embolism
The treatment of pulmonary embolism depends upon its severity.
In patients who are hemodynamically unstable surgical thrombectomy, or mechanical or pharmacological thrombo lysis can be a life saving option. For patients with stable vital signs, anticoagulant therapy as discussed is administered. For patients who have other high risk features such as right heart enlargement , lysis is considered .

In brief: Pulmonary embolism
The treatment of pulmonary embolism depends upon its severity.
In patients who are hemodynamically unstable surgical thrombectomy, or mechanical or pharmacological thrombo lysis can be a life saving option. For patients with stable vital signs, anticoagulant therapy as discussed is administered. For patients who have other high risk features such as right heart enlargement , lysis is considered .
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
In brief: Causes and treatment
Usually a clot forms in one or both legs and some or all of the clot breaks off and travels to the lungs.
Many things can increase your risk of blood clots, including an injury, severe illness, cancer, an inherited blood clotting tendency, smoking, and prolonged immobility are some. The best plan of action is to be treated with anticoagulants (usually coumadin) for at least 6 months.

In brief: Causes and treatment
Usually a clot forms in one or both legs and some or all of the clot breaks off and travels to the lungs.
Many things can increase your risk of blood clots, including an injury, severe illness, cancer, an inherited blood clotting tendency, smoking, and prolonged immobility are some. The best plan of action is to be treated with anticoagulants (usually coumadin) for at least 6 months.
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