Pulmonary embolism (PE) can be treated by thromboembolectomy
- What is a pulmonary embolism (PE)?
- What are the symptoms of Pulmonary Embolism?
- How common is a pulmonary embolism?
- Can the condition be prevented?
- If I get a pulmonary embolism, how can it be treated?
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When a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) — a blood clot — breaks off and travels in the circulatory system, it can get trapped in the lung, where it blocks the oxygen supply. This condition, known as pulmonary embolism, can cause heart failure. It can be fatal. If pulmonary embolism can be diagnosed and appropriate therapy started, the mortality can be reduced from approximately 30 percent to less than ten percent.
Some people are not aware of a deep vein clot until they have signs and symptoms of a pulmonary embolism. Signs and symptoms, which can mimic other cardiopulmonary events, include:
- Unexplained shortness of breath
- Pain with deep breathing
- Coughing up blood
- Rapid breathing and a fast heart rate
It is estimated that:
More than 600,000 patients suffer a pulmonary embolism each year.
The condition causes, or contributes to up to 200,000 deaths annually in the United States.
One in every 100 patients who develop DVT die due to pulmonary embolism.
Most pulmonary embolisms are caused by DVT.
With early treatment, people with DVT can reduce their chances of developing a life-threatening pulmonary embolism to less than 1%. Blood thinners may be effective in preventing further clotting and can prevent a pulmonary embolism from occurring.
A pulmonary embolism can be treated by pulmonary thromboembolectomy.
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