Who is likely to have a pulmonary embolism?

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

Related Questions

My mother recently died of a pulmonary embolism. Was this likely a very painful death? Would she have had any moment of relief prior to dying? Thk u

Variable. I am sorry for your loss. It is not feasible to answer your question without knowing more about your mother's health history. Pulmonary emboli can cause sudden death, without warning and no suffering. At the other extreme, pulmonary emboli may be silent. In between there may be chest pain, shortness of breath, cough with blood sputum and symptoms of heart failure. Consult this site for info: http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/pulmonary-embolism/home/ovc-20234736.

Chances on pulmonary embolism/clot. 7wkpregnant. On off chest pain after cold. Er said likely pluerisy said hard to rule out clot without radiation.

Call your OB. Difficult diagnosis in this circumstance. Please call your OB now for guidance. Feel better.
Sounds serious. That sounds potentially serious. I would get back in to see your obgyn immediately and ask them if you need other tests like a doppler exam of your legs or other tests.
M.D. visit. During pregnancy a number of pulmonary conditions may develop. Your recent cold and then the onset of chest pain may be related as the ED physician indicated. If it occurs more upon inspiration, then pleurisy is more likely than asthma. Your PPI use for GERD is another reason since GERD can mimic chest pain. The diagnosis of PE may also involve a VQ scan and Doppler ultrasound to avoid contrast.