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How high is risk of pulmonary embolism in late pregnancy?

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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: Not very

If you don't smoke, are mobile, have no family history of clotting disorders, it's rare to see a pe.
It can happen, but not so common as a truck driver or someone with cancer.

In brief: Not very

If you don't smoke, are mobile, have no family history of clotting disorders, it's rare to see a pe.
It can happen, but not so common as a truck driver or someone with cancer.
Dr. William Walsh
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Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Disagree. Risk is considerably higher than average. You are not describing the typical patient. Consider that in 2005, 10% of PREGNANT women smoke, 66% of the adult population is obese or overweight to begin with, and 2% have a congenital hypercoaguable disorder, and all pregnant women have an acquired hypercoaguable state (pregnancy).
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Not to mention that pulmonary embolism is the #1 cause of maternal death in the United States. See Berg CJ, Atrash HK, Koonin LM, Tucker M. Pregnancy-related mortality in the United States, 1987-1990. Obstet Gynecol. Aug 1996;88(2):161-167.
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery - Vascular
3 doctors agree

In brief: Depends on details

Pregnancy is a risk factor for thrombosis "clots", which theoretically also raises your risk of pulmonary embolism.
But it is hard to objectively state just how high an individual person's risk is. Factors that contribute include personal history of thromboembolic event, obesity, genetics (hypercoaguable disorder "hd"), acquired "hd", and lifestyle (activity levels, hydration, smoking).

In brief: Depends on details

Pregnancy is a risk factor for thrombosis "clots", which theoretically also raises your risk of pulmonary embolism.
But it is hard to objectively state just how high an individual person's risk is. Factors that contribute include personal history of thromboembolic event, obesity, genetics (hypercoaguable disorder "hd"), acquired "hd", and lifestyle (activity levels, hydration, smoking).
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