My bf was hospitalised for pulmonary embolism. Docs said they'll have to use ultrasound to break up the clot. What all is involved in this procedure?

Pulmonary Embolism. Catheter-directed high frequency ultrasound can enable the thrombolytic agent(substance which clears the clots) to better penetrate the embolus. Without thrombolytics, the technique has no proven benefit.

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Odds of pulmonary embolus if ultrasound shows clot in leg or pelvis?

High. If untreated, thrombosis in the veins of the legs or pelvis has a very high risk of embolizing to the lungs almost certainly > 90%. If the clot is confined to the small veins of the calf below the knee, these may resolve on their own without specific treatment. Read more...

What can I do to break up a pulmonary embolism?

Wait. It usually breaks up by itself as the body dissolves it.Anticoagulation is needed for at least a year to prevent possible new clot. Read more...
See below. You really cannot do anything yourself. Doctors can give you tpa - a clot buster, if the pe is large enough. If not, you take a blood thinner such as Heparin or Lovenox in the hospital, and then Coumadin (warfarin) and the clot breaks up by itself. Six months of that is recommended, unless you have had it more than once or have a continuous risk factor, in which case you should have it lifelong. Read more...
Nothing. Anticoagulant therapy limits additional clot & your body resorbs the clot over time. Typically 6 months of blood thinners is standard amount of time for pe. Read more...
Blood thinners . Your body will actually do the work of breaking up the blood clot. The blood thinners are there to prevent future clots. There are also higher risk procedures that can directly break up the clots but they are usually reserved for more life threatening situations as the procedures come with higher risks. Read more...