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Who is likely to have a pulmonary embolism?
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
6 doctors agree
In brief: Risk factors
Risk factor for pulmonary embolism, or blood clot in the lung, includes immobility and blood vessel injury.
Patients at bed rest or who are less mobile due to a long plane or car ride are examples of people at risk for blood clots. Most pulmonary emboli originate as a blood clot in the legs but other sources are also possible.

In brief: Risk factors
Risk factor for pulmonary embolism, or blood clot in the lung, includes immobility and blood vessel injury.
Patients at bed rest or who are less mobile due to a long plane or car ride are examples of people at risk for blood clots. Most pulmonary emboli originate as a blood clot in the legs but other sources are also possible.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Dennis Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
4 doctors agree
In brief: Surgery and cancer
The highest risk is in orthopedic surgery such as knee and hip replacement or hip fractures.
Cancer is a common cause as is trauma of any kind to the legs. Immobility can also increase the risk of thromboembolic disease. About 8% of the population have an increased risk of clots genetically. Birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy have also been associated.

In brief: Surgery and cancer
The highest risk is in orthopedic surgery such as knee and hip replacement or hip fractures.
Cancer is a common cause as is trauma of any kind to the legs. Immobility can also increase the risk of thromboembolic disease. About 8% of the population have an increased risk of clots genetically. Birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy have also been associated.
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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
There are multiple risk factors for getting a pulmonary embolism.
The main ones include right heart failure, immobility, lower extremity surgery, trauma to the leg, inheritable clotting disorders, having a solid organ cancer, and taking oral contraceptives.

In brief: Depends
There are multiple risk factors for getting a pulmonary embolism.
The main ones include right heart failure, immobility, lower extremity surgery, trauma to the leg, inheritable clotting disorders, having a solid organ cancer, and taking oral contraceptives.
Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. Michael Sanders
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
In brief: See below....
Risk factors - sedentary, smokers, people with cancer, going on long plane or car rides, taking hormones, especially birth control pills

In brief: See below....
Risk factors - sedentary, smokers, people with cancer, going on long plane or car rides, taking hormones, especially birth control pills
Dr. Michael Sanders
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