What should I expect after a pulmonary embolism (pe)?

Will anticoagulant. People who survive a pulmonary embolism must be treated to lower their risk for a second event. This is usually done by taking blood thinners for a minimum of 3 months. The length of therapy depending on the details surrounding the clot. While on these medicines blood tests are needed to closely monitor therapy. In most patients they fully recover however.
Expect... Most people who recover from pulmonary embolism will eventually become symptom-free, depending on the size of the pe. Pulmonary function tests done once you recover will help to determine if there is any chronic lung damage and it's severity, if present. If the etiology of the pe is known, steps to prevent another pe need to be taken.
Varies. Common occurrences are shortness of breath, chest pain, palpitations, fainting or lightheadedness. The most serious is sudden death before you have any symptoms.
Improvement. The vast number of patients improve within 2-4 weeks after a pulmonary embolism. This means that exercise capacity returns to normal and breathlessness resolves. You will likely require 6-12 months of anticoagulation (blood thinner) if this is your first pulmonary embolism/dvt.

Related Questions

How bad is a pulmonary embolism pe?

Bad enough. Pulmonary emboli are deadly and cause many episodes of sudden death. They can be mild and even asymptomatic in some cases, but should always be treated seriously. Read more...

What are the symptoms of pulmonary embolism pe?

Short of breath. Sudden onset shortness of breath. Sometimes sharp chest pain that changes with breathing. Rapid heart rate and occasionally if big pe dizziness and fainting. Read more...

If I have a pulmonary embolism and start taking warfarin, can I still get another pe?

Yes. It is possible to get another pe or DVT while on coumadin (warfarin). The typical reasons this occurs is because your inr/pt (level of anticoagulation) is not appropriate (usually kept between 2 and 3) or because you have an underlying clotting disorder and require higher doses of Coumadin (warfarin) and higher levels of inr/pt to protect you from another event. Read more...
Rarely. Coumadin (warfarin) is a highly effective blood thinner (anticoagulant) that prevents recurrent pulmonary emboli in the overwhelming number of people while it is being taken and the INR remains in the therapeutic range. Being under the care of a Coumadin (warfarin) management program is the most effective means of achieving this. Read more...

Had a pulmonary embolism last year in june & was off the medication in feb. Iv been getting really bad upper back pains for 2 months now. Another pe?

Needs evaluation . Two months is a long time to stay without help for the bad pains, particularly with your medical history. Please see your doctor as soon as possible for proper diagnosis and care. Take care of yourself. Read more...

On 8-5-2012, I was diagnosed with Bilateral PE (pulmonary embolism). I was on medicine till January at which time I ran out. I can't afford to see a doctor. Is it ok?

No. You need to wear medical support stockings right away to prevent more deep vein thrombosis which can cause pe and need your blood thinners until your octor says to stop. Please ask friends or relatives to help or a charity / medicaid hospital ... Please. Read more...
No. Pulmonary emboli at age 34 should not be left alone. The cause should be determined by diagnostic testing and treated. This can be serious and even fatal. Read more...
See a doctor. Pulmonary embolism is a very serious and the blood thinner that was prescribed helps prevent recurrence. Stopping the blood thinner early increases the risk of recurrence. As dr morrison pointed out there is many charities and assistance programs that will pay for meds or care for patients who are struggling financially so dont let be a barrier. Please follow up. Good luck! Read more...
Please don't do that. I couldn't agree more with the other doctors who have responded. Please don't sit on this. There is financial assistance that is available. You have had a very serious medical problem that requires close attention. I can't emphasize enough to you the importance of your getting follow-up care. Read more...

How is pulmonary embolism diagnosed? Can a CT diagnose a pe?

A CT is the. Best method. There is also a scan called a ventilation/perfusion study which is a nuclear medicine test. For the ct you do need dye to get a good look at the vessels. Read more...