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Can anyone tell me what to do for a pulmonary embolus?

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Dr. Mazen Ghani
Radiology
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In brief: Consult the doctor

The first step is to consult a doctor. They will examine the patient and may draw some bloodwork.
If there is a clinical suspicion for pulmonary embolus, the doctor may order a ct scan of the chest with intravenous contrast. If pulmonary embolism is found, treatment with a blood thinner may be started. If there is a history of pulmonary embolism, the doctor may discuss placement of a filter.

In brief: Consult the doctor

The first step is to consult a doctor. They will examine the patient and may draw some bloodwork.
If there is a clinical suspicion for pulmonary embolus, the doctor may order a ct scan of the chest with intravenous contrast. If pulmonary embolism is found, treatment with a blood thinner may be started. If there is a history of pulmonary embolism, the doctor may discuss placement of a filter.
Dr. Mazen Ghani
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Dr. Walter Pierce
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: It may dissolve

An embolus is something that can float through blood and then plugs the flow.
It's usually a blood clot or air. A pulmonary infarct occurs when the embolus goes to a pulmonary artery and the lung down stream dies from lack of oxygen. Depending on the severity the clot can be retrieved, dissolved with blood thinners or left alone. Treatment should also include prevention of another.

In brief: It may dissolve

An embolus is something that can float through blood and then plugs the flow.
It's usually a blood clot or air. A pulmonary infarct occurs when the embolus goes to a pulmonary artery and the lung down stream dies from lack of oxygen. Depending on the severity the clot can be retrieved, dissolved with blood thinners or left alone. Treatment should also include prevention of another.
Dr. Walter Pierce
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