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After having a pulmonary embolism, is it normal to be short of breath if your INR is low?
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Dr. Rada Ivanov
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
3 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
If you have had a large pe, it is normal to be short of breath for a few weeks or months as you recover, no matter what your INR is.
If you have been ok with a therapeutic INR but now you are short of breath with a low inr, have yourself checked, or get some Lovenox or Arixtra shots while you are adjusting your Coumadin (warfarin) to a desired inr.

In brief: Depends
If you have had a large pe, it is normal to be short of breath for a few weeks or months as you recover, no matter what your INR is.
If you have been ok with a therapeutic INR but now you are short of breath with a low inr, have yourself checked, or get some Lovenox or Arixtra shots while you are adjusting your Coumadin (warfarin) to a desired inr.
Dr. Rada Ivanov
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Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: No
The concern would be that 1) shortness of breath is a common symptom of a pulmonary embolism and 2) a low inr means that the blood is not thin enough to protect against the formation of pulmonary embolisms so 3) the symptoms of shortness of breath might be a recurrence of a pulmonary embolus.

In brief: No
The concern would be that 1) shortness of breath is a common symptom of a pulmonary embolism and 2) a low inr means that the blood is not thin enough to protect against the formation of pulmonary embolisms so 3) the symptoms of shortness of breath might be a recurrence of a pulmonary embolus.
Dr. Luke Hermann
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Dr. Fernando Torres
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
In brief: No
A low inr is dangerous if you have pulmonary emboli.
You can develop new pe on top of the old pe's. So, i would try to keep the inr at a therapeutic level.

In brief: No
A low inr is dangerous if you have pulmonary emboli.
You can develop new pe on top of the old pe's. So, i would try to keep the inr at a therapeutic level.
Dr. Fernando Torres
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