How dangerous are blood clots in the lungs?

Very dangerous. However, if it is small and goes to a small part of he lung, it can be minimal. Many have had a pe and never known it. Hhowever, a clot going to the central vessels of the lung can kill a person instantly.
Can be bad. As dr. Proffitt said, blood clots in the lungs can be very dangerous. There is a range though. There are some clots in the lung that actually go undetected. They are small, cause no symptoms, and people don't know they are there. On the other hand, lungs clots often cause pain, shortness of breath, and cough. These are treated with blood thinners. The worst clots can be instantly fatal.

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How dangerous are blood clots in the lung after an airplane flight?

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...

How dangerous is a blood clot in the lungs?

Pulmonary embolism. Blood clot in the lungs are known as pulmonary embolism. They can be very dangerous and even cause death depending on the size and location of the blood clot. Read more...

Pulmonary emboli or blood clots in the lung; deadly? Very dangerous?

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...
Yes. . Pulmonary embolism is often fatal but it really depends on the size of the clot that travels to the lung. Small clots may not even be noticed but large ones completely stop lung circulation and exchange of oxygen resulting in rapid death. Read more...

Can several blood clots in the lung be dangerous or do doctors leave them there?

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...

What should be done about blood clots in the lungs?

Blood thinners. It depends on when the blood clot was found, but you need to be on a course if blood thinners, minimum 3 months. And a search for the cause of blood clots is necessary. Read more...

What is the prognosis for recurrent blood clots in the lungs?

Anticoagulation. Some patients make blood clots more easily, and you are likely one of them. Recurrent clots in your lungs means you need life long anticoagulation with blood thinners such as coumadin (warfarin). You should also see a hematologist for evaluation of why you make clots. It can be hereditary. So, with medical therapy, and monitoring your prognosis is good. Read more...