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How long does it take to clear your lungs up after pulmonary embolism?


This is my second PE. If you are on coumadin, can you travel by air without worry?
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Your lungs will clear up eventually, and it can take from 3 to 6 months for the clot to dissolve, depending on the size of the embolism and how your body heals.

Coumadin is a blood thinner, and will help dissolve the clot.

Bleeding is the largest risk factor when taking coumadin. You will need to shave with an eclectic razor, and avoid bumping and banging your arms and legs because you will bleed and bruise easily. I would avoid using box cutters, and be careful when using a knife when cooking.

You will need to have your PT/INR labs drawn on a regular basis in order to check your bleeding times. Do not skip the lab work, as Coumadin takes about 24 to 48 hours to reverse should your bleeding times be too high.

There are also certain foods including cranberries, liver, broccoli, brussel sprouts, spinach, Swiss chard, coriander, collards, cabbage, and other green leafy vegetables that you will need to either avoid, or eat sparingly. These all have high levels of vitamin K, which will inhibit the drug.

As for air travel, I am not aware of any specific restrictions due to Coumadin. However, your physician may have reasons for you not to do any air traveling.

My advice for you is to speak with your physican and clairfy your travel restictions, if you have any.  (+ info)

How long after surgery is someone at risk for pulmonary embolism?


The person was diagnosed with lung cancer and had surgery about 4 months ago to remove a section of one of the lungs. Now the patient has a blood clot in the lungs. Is it the surgery or maybe something else that caused it?
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Pulmonary embolism unfortunately can come about because of the cancer, not because of the surgery.

My son had three blood clots that originate from his abdominal cavity and traveled to his lungs . .all effects from his sarcoma and four months before he had surgery.

The patient should be on a blood thinner to control the clotting and this should be noted on their chart.  (+ info)

What can cause a pulmonary embolism besides surgery?


I had a friend who died from one suddenly.
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Blood clots in the legs breaking free and traveling to the lungs.

A person who sits a lot in an office, takes a long plane ride, etc can develop clots from sitting for a long period of time, specially if they have poor circulation and already have varicose veins. When they start moving around a clot can bust loose and head for the lungs or brain. Or heart. Solution is not to sit for long periods of time, wear support hose, take a daily baby aspirin as that helps prevent clot formation and if you have bad varicose veins, get them fixed. If you do feel you have a clot in the leg, do not rub it!!

A person also can throw a clot from a broken bone, usually in the leg, such as a hip bone. They can throw a fat globule that causes an embolism elsewhere in the body.

On rare occasion a pregnant woman in labor can have an amniotic embolism where some of the amniotic fluid gets into the circulation.

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Is it realistically possible to die from an air embolism from that air thing at the dentist's office?


They have those high pressure water and air things and they spray it right into the dental work. Is there a chance that the air will enter the bloodstream and cause an embolism? And if so, how frequent is this?
blond... it has happened to people refilling the air in their tires, how could this be so different?
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Yes. But from infection, not from air in the blood stream.

If the tooth's root canal space is open it is possible to cause a severe infection by blowing air into an open pulp canal and into the potential spaces between muscle attachments, in bone, etc.

It is also possible to cause an air embolism by blowing air into a wound (a soft tissue incision, etc.) in the mouth. Same result - a bolus of air is introduced into potential tissue space and an infection can result. When this occurs the patient needs to be put on anbitiotics.  (+ info)

52 year old man suffers a pulmonary embolism which started as a blood clot in his right leg?


Describe this condition and how it develops. Trace the pathway of the blood clot from the leg to the lungs.
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Marie, do your homework so you will have an understanding of how this works.  (+ info)

Is there anybody else out there dealing with Protein S, Pulmonary Embolism, How do you deal?


I ahve Protein S and Prothrombin gene mutation 20210A is there anybody out there like me? I have had a pulmonary embolism and superficial clotting. I am on coumadin. What do I have to look forward to?
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Below is a good support for you to join that have many other people that have the same clotting disorders that you have. You really aren't alone.

Really, if you keep your INR in range you should be fine. Have your family members tested for these though as they are genetic.

I have Lupus, APS, Lp(a) and MTHFR.  (+ info)

How life threatening is having a PFO and pradoxical embolism in each lung?


any doctors in the house? survival rates/chances of dying? i've already recovered. just wondering thanks.
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A Paradoxical embolism is a type of stroke...  (+ info)

Is it safe to have sex after a pulmonary embolism?


My husband has been released from the hospital and is ready to have sex. He is taking coumidin and lovenex shots. I am scared that it might be dangerous.
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That is a pretty serious condition. Please ask the doctor this one. You don't want to take the change of getting advise from someone who really doesn't know and other than that, even if someone else that has had it gives you advise, that was them and not your husband. he is completely different. I hope all works out well for you and him.  (+ info)

What does an embolism feel like, what cause it?


What does an embolism feel like, what cause it?
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An embolism is anything that can lodge in the distant vascular system causing occulsion .

Sources:

- atherosclerotic plaques may be friable- bits may break off and embolise in the brain (causing stroke), spleen (splenic infarction), kidneys etc
-thrombus- which can occur in aorta, carotid arteries, in the left ventricle after myocardial infarction i.e. heart attack etc--- bits break off and embolise in downstream
- valvular vegetations present on the heart valves due to infective endocarditis. Prediposal: valve replacement surgery, IV drug users, rheumatic fever disease.
- you can get many forms of embolism e.g.
* fat embolism: typically when you fracture femour, some of the yellow marrow gets into bloodstream--- symptoms occur days afterwards
* air embolism with IV drug users- inject air into vessels
*amniotic fluid embolism- when amniotic fluid from amniotic sac escapes and ends up in bloodstream


symptoms: varies depending on the site--- generally does not cause symptoms unless there is total occlusion  (+ info)

when pulmonary embolism happens in the lungs, what is it exactly doing in it?


is it building the fluid substance or blot clot filling up, creating the behaviour or?
so it blocks oxygen from coming out?
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A pulmonary embolism (PE) can be life-threatening. Usually they occur when a clot occludes the pulmonary artery or one of it's branches. The pulmonary artery is the artery that drains the right ventricle in the heart. The blood travels via the pulmonary artery to the lungs where the previously unoxygenated venous blood receives oxygen and is transported back to the left atrium via the pulmonary veins. From there it travels through the mitral valve, into the left ventricle and out through the aortic valve into the aorta; From there it goes into systemic circulation and supplies your body and brain with oxygenated blood. When a pulmary embolism occludes (blocks) the pulmonary artery or its branches, quite simply not as much blood can go through to receive oxygen. The alveolar (alveoli are the distal part of the lung where oxygen and carbon monoxide are exchanged) dead space in the lungs is increased. Your body tries to compensate by increasing heart rate and blood pressure. Eventually, shock will occur due to the decreased amount of blood in circulation. Or, the blood will back up into the right side of the heart and move backwards in the body causing right-sided heart failure. Even worse, a part of the clot could break loose and occlude an artery going to the brain and cause a stroke. Typically when ever there is a clot, there will be mediators of inflammation ...which could lead to some fluid buildup. Any way you look at it, get to the hospital quick. Hope this helped.  (+ info)

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