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Pulmonary Embolism Treatment Questions

Have you had a Pulmonary Embolism? Do you know the symptoms of a Pulmonary Embolism? Do you need to know why the use of oxygen is need for a Pulmonary Embolism is important? These questions can be clarified by an Expert.

What is Pulmonary Embolism?

A Pulmonary Embolism is where a major blood vessel known as an artery becomes blocked suddenly. This is normally done by a blood clot in the lung. Generally the blood clots are small and not deadly; however they can still cause damage to the lung. The clots become more alarming when they become larger in size. This can cause a greater risk of the lung being blocked and not receive blood. This is a condition that will need medical attention fairly quick to save an individual’s life.

What are Pulmonary Embolism symptoms?

The symptoms of this condition can differ significantly. This can depend on how of the lung is involved, overall health and the size of the clots. There is normally more than just one clot at a time. Some common symptoms can include but are not limited to:
• Shortness of breath- This will normally appear very quickly and can get worse with physical activity.
• Chest pain- This can feel like a heart attack. The pain is normally worse with deep breaths, coughing, bending or eating. This can also become worse with physical activity, but this will not go away after the activity.
• Cough- This can cause bloody mucus
• Excessive sweating
• Dizziness or feeling lightheaded
• Discolored skin
• Clammy skin
• Pain in the legs
• Swelling in the legs

These are some of the symptoms an individual could experience with Pulmonary Embolism. For more information read below where Experts have answered many commonly asked questions.

What could cause an individual to need oxygen a few years after a recovery from Pulmonary Embolism?

When an individual has previously suffered from a Pulmonary Embolism, the lungs may not have the same capacity as before. This means the lungs cannot hold the proper amount of oxygen. The reason the lung loses its capacity is from the damages caused by the Pulmonary Embolism. Another reason could be that there was more than one blood clot before and they have grown and now are causing a problem. All of these issues could cause an individual to need oxygen again.

What is the reasoning for the nipple to turn blue after a massive Pulmonary Embolism?

A blue color normally stands for venous congestion or low oxygen. When a person has a massive Pulmonary Embolism, the blood flow becomes blocked. This happens at the Pulmonary artery. This can affect a person two different ways. The first being the prevention of blood flow from the heart to other areas of the body. Second it can cause a backup of blood in the veins. This can cause affect the blood flow to the right side of the heart and veins.

Can surgery for Gynaecomastia cause a Pulmonary Embolism?

A Pulmonary Embolism is normally caused from a surgery that limits mobility. When a person’s mobility is limited the blood can pool in the legs and cause clots, which move into the lungs. This can cause Pulmonary Embolisms. However surgery for Gynaecomastia does not limit an individual’s mobility, so the chance of a Pulmonary Embolism would be rare.

Pulmonary Embolism is a condition is caused by blood clots in the lungs. This condition can be dangerous if not treated quickly. Some individuals have several Pulmonary Embolisms. For more information about this subject individuals can contact an Expert.
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