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What is pulmonary emboli?

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Dr. Bradley Thomas
Surgery - Vascular
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In brief: Clot in lungs

A pulmonary embolus is when a blood clot (usually in the leg) break breaks free and goes to the lungs.
Risk factors for DVT include immobilty, underlying malignancy, hypercoag state, and having surgery. This clot can block blood flow in your lungs, which can strain your heart and lungs. This pulmonary embolism is a medical emergency and can cause pain, shortnessof breath, and even death.

In brief: Clot in lungs

A pulmonary embolus is when a blood clot (usually in the leg) break breaks free and goes to the lungs.
Risk factors for DVT include immobilty, underlying malignancy, hypercoag state, and having surgery. This clot can block blood flow in your lungs, which can strain your heart and lungs. This pulmonary embolism is a medical emergency and can cause pain, shortnessof breath, and even death.
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Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Surgery - Vascular
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In brief: Usually clots

Typically it is clots traveling from an area of thrombosis like leg deep veins thrombosis DVT , clots will break loose and get stuck in the pulmonary/lung arteries.
Typically cause sudden shortness of breath, rapid heart rate and chest pain sometimes .. In other occasions emboli could be fat emboli with long bone/pelvic fracture, air embolus from procedures or foreign body.

In brief: Usually clots

Typically it is clots traveling from an area of thrombosis like leg deep veins thrombosis DVT , clots will break loose and get stuck in the pulmonary/lung arteries.
Typically cause sudden shortness of breath, rapid heart rate and chest pain sometimes .. In other occasions emboli could be fat emboli with long bone/pelvic fracture, air embolus from procedures or foreign body.
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
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Dr. Trushar Dungarani
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Blockage of blood

Embolism is something that blocks proper flow of blood in the body.
An embolism is usually a blood clot that can forms in your veins or arteries that can lodge in dangerous places in your circulatory system. Venous embolisms can cause catastrophic breathing problems. Air, fat and a few other things can also be a type of embolism that blocks blood flow.

In brief: Blockage of blood

Embolism is something that blocks proper flow of blood in the body.
An embolism is usually a blood clot that can forms in your veins or arteries that can lodge in dangerous places in your circulatory system. Venous embolisms can cause catastrophic breathing problems. Air, fat and a few other things can also be a type of embolism that blocks blood flow.
Dr. Trushar Dungarani
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Dr. William Galli
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: Blood clot

A pulmonary emboli is a clot that has come from somewhere else in the body and has lodged itself in the lung circulation.
The clots most common come from the legs. Sometimes from the pelvic or upper extremities as well but not as common. The treatment is blood thiners and sometimes 'clot busters' new term for pe or DVT is venous thromboembolic disease.

In brief: Blood clot

A pulmonary emboli is a clot that has come from somewhere else in the body and has lodged itself in the lung circulation.
The clots most common come from the legs. Sometimes from the pelvic or upper extremities as well but not as common. The treatment is blood thiners and sometimes 'clot busters' new term for pe or DVT is venous thromboembolic disease.
Dr. William Galli
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