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Can I die from blood clot in lung if I ignore it?
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
9 doctors agree
In brief: Possibly...
Blood clots in the lung can be life-threatening depending on the size and location of the clot.
Patients can also get small, asymptomatic and non-life-threatening clots as well. If symptoms like shortness of breath and/or chest pain occur, it is imperative that the person seek evaluation by a doctor, usually in the er so diagnosis and treatment can be given so death hopefully does not occur.

In brief: Possibly...
Blood clots in the lung can be life-threatening depending on the size and location of the clot.
Patients can also get small, asymptomatic and non-life-threatening clots as well. If symptoms like shortness of breath and/or chest pain occur, it is imperative that the person seek evaluation by a doctor, usually in the er so diagnosis and treatment can be given so death hopefully does not occur.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Tejas Ozarkar
General Practice
1 doctor agrees
In brief: YES
Pulmonary embolus is a medical emergency.
If you have been told you are at higher risk for blood clots, and you feel the pe symptoms (increase in heart rate, breathing rapidly/shortness of breath, chest pain that hurts more with breathing, your finger tips become blue) go to an er asap. To prevent blood clots, walk regularly and consult a physician to assess if you need meds.

In brief: YES
Pulmonary embolus is a medical emergency.
If you have been told you are at higher risk for blood clots, and you feel the pe symptoms (increase in heart rate, breathing rapidly/shortness of breath, chest pain that hurts more with breathing, your finger tips become blue) go to an er asap. To prevent blood clots, walk regularly and consult a physician to assess if you need meds.
Tejas Ozarkar
Tejas Ozarkar
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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
In brief: Absolutely
Blood clots to the lungs are often fatal especially when ignored.

In brief: Absolutely
Blood clots to the lungs are often fatal especially when ignored.
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