FAQ - Embolism
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How to tell difference between hemorrhage or embolism stroke?
The symptoms of the two types of stroke, where one hemorrhages blood into brain killing portions of it. Or has an embolism clot that lodges somewhere depriving brain or cells of blood.
They apparently can be difficult to distinguish initially.
yet how someone dealing with one of them responds can be difference between severe disability and death or life and possible full recovery.
So, how can one tell which one someone is experiencing for oneself? If possible within first 30 minutes of the "magic window"? Or discern which someone else is having?
And how do we respond to either one to prevent further damage and maybe reverse damage, even if we are not near a hospital or professional medical help?
People are answering as if an er is available. But i am asking based on how to tell the difference and deal with if we are NOT able to get to a hospital or be reached by ambulance.
You call 911 and rush them to the hospital. They do a CT and find out if it is Hemorrhagic or embolistic. We answer this way, because it is the only option. You do not know unless there is a CT done. Treatment depends on the cause. If you do not know the cause, NO TREATMENT can be done!!! (+ info
Is it possible for a fart to go into the vagina and cause an embolism?
This is not a joke. I just want to know if a fart can somehow go into the vagina and cause an embolism in pregnant women. I know that blowing into the vagina can cause this. I am just wondering if it's possible that a fart can do the same thing. Please only serious answers.
Although I have had farts pass by my vagina, I seriously doubt that one could enter. There isn't enough air pressure for one to enter. Even if it did, the worst that would happen would be getting a stinky queef. (+ info
Why is a Pulmonary Embolism bad for you?
I have a blood clot in my aorta veins and the doctors were so concerned that I might have a pulmonary embolism already had a cat scan of my chest and everything was fine I just got off lovenox shots and take coumadin once a day.
Symptoms and Complications
The symptoms of pulmonary embolism can be mild or severe. Some people have many small emboli that can only be detected by special X-ray techniques. A serious blockage, however, can lead to severe breathing difficulty or death.
Symptoms of pulmonary embolism appear suddenly and include:
shortness of breath, rapid breathing, or wheezing
lightheadedness, dizziness, fainting
sharp chest pain or back pain
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How bad is a pulmonary embolism?
So my dad has just been admitted to the hospital for a pulmonary embolism, which is a blood clot in his lung. Can anyone tell me how bad these are? He had open heart surgery about a year ago because he had a leaking heart valve. He had a seizure about a year ago but they were never actually sure if it was a seizure or a stroke. He takes blood thinners everyday since his heart surgery. Thanks in advance for your help.
My dad already takes cumiden. He has been taking it for a year since his heart surgery.
Pulmonary embolisms are potentially life threatening - the seriousness is almost pure chance. If a clot is big enough or lasts longs enough to block the blood flow in the pulmonary artery, it usually triggers a severe or fatal heart attack. The blood thinners probably saved your dad's life, or at least kept the embolism from causing any additional problems.
An embolism doesn't have any lasting effects - whatever damage it did, if any, occurs within a few minutes. Otherwise, the only lasting danger is the risk of having another embolism in the future. (+ info
Would a pulmonary embolism have shown up on a chest x-ray?
I recently had a chest x-ray to look at my lungs. Would a pulmonary embolism have shown up?
PE is not seen on chest x-ray. PE is a clot in the blood vessels of the lungs. The best imaging is CT angiogram which involves injecting contrast dye into the veins and doing a CT, if there is a blockage the dye will not be in the blocked vessel and it can be diagnosed. (+ info
What's the difference between an air embolism and "the bends" when referring to decompression illnesses?
Hello, I'm doing a project in which I'm relating the gas laws of chemistry to SCUBA diving, and I'm instructed to do two separate panels on both "the bends" and air embolisms. I have completed the section on "the bends," but when researching air embolisms, I feel that the two are so similar that I am having a hard time differentiating between the two. I am not too familiar with decompression illnesses, so could someone of a better understanding please help me out?
The Bends, also known as Decompression Sickness or DCS is when bubbles become blocked somewhere, typically in joint such as an elbow or shoulder. Depending upon severity, this can be quite painful. Treatment involves recompression in a chamber to reduce the size of the bubbles. "Small" bubbles are normal occurrence due to diving, but when they become too large, you get "bent."
Embolism, on the other hand, is completely different. Air Embolism is a situation where when the breath is held, the lungs become over-expanded and rupture like a balloon. The air then proceeds past the heart and straight to the brain. Since there are no nerves in the lungs it it painless. But death comes in under a minute. (+ info
How is embolism, varicose veins and epilepsy contra-indicated in a massage?
i am doing a massage course and i cannot find out on the internet why embolism, epilepsy and varicos veins are contraindicated in a massage, please help!!!!!!!!
Hi. Here is a link to check out regarding massage and epilepsy. I am a massage therapist and also have a seizure disorder. THere are many people out there who have a seizure disorder and don't really talk about it. It is a good idea to check w/ the person to find out what types of seizures they have. For the most part, massage is contraindicated for clients w/ epilepsy/seizure disorder because if someone were to have a seizure while on your table, it could be a difficult situation to handle and there is fear that the client or therapist could be injured. It all depends on the type of seizures.(Not all seizures involve falling to the ground and having convulsions, some consist of a person kind of "spacing out" and these can last as little as a few seconds. This link has a really good description . . .
re:embolism, blood clots, varicose veins fall into that category as well because the increased blood flow to that area could aggravate an already present blood flow issue. When someone fills out their forms, and checks any of these off on their new client sheets, I always ask for a note from the doctor to ok massage . . . for varicose veins, I tell people that I cannot work distal to the veins for risk of dramatically increasing the blood flow through that area. (+ info
How long after the initial symptoms would a pulmonary embolism cause serious problems?
I am doing an essay on 'sudden death' (cheerful, eh?) and am looking for info on pulmonary embolisms / infarction
Could anyone tell me how long after initial symptoms (pleuritic chest pain / cough etc) someone wouyld expect to go before hospitalisation is required ? Do PEs come on over time or are they sudden ???
A Pulmonary Embolism would cause immediate problems. Depending on the type of emboli. How about this:
At 2:01 pm a person throws a PE to the lung:
1. Short of Breath
2. O2 Saturation Drops
3. Unable to get oxygen into the system
6. Someone had better dial 911 or this person is going to be shaking hands with St. Peter.
7. Cardiac Arrest
All right sometimes it is not that dramatic. But on Sunday, I had a patient do just that. Lucky for us he was already on life support and we were able to treat. So sometimes it does go that fast and sometimes it depends on just a lot of other things like:
Is the person previously healthy with no lung disease? Then they have a better chance than someone who has extensive lung disease.
What is the person's age? Why did they throw the PE? All of these things come into play. (+ info
How long would it take for a 71 year old male to recover from pulmonary embolism?
My dad had multiple large pulmonary embolisms about a month ago and almost did not make it. I was just wondering about how long the recovery process is for this. Such as shortness of breath, tired, ect.
It can take up to 6 weeks for him to feel as if his energy level is coming back. His doctor will give him an idea as to his activity level that he should be doing or can do and he needs to listen closely to his doctor. (+ info
Is chest pain common after pulmonary embolism?
I am 32 and was diagnosed with pulmonary embolism in both lungs 2 months ago. The pain in my chest went away for about a month but now is returning and very gradually increasing. The pain is only on the left side. I am not yet having trouble breathing, but if it gets much worse I will. I am somewhat nervous about this since the pain was extreme before. I hope I am not having another episode. Is this a common or something I should be concerned about?
You should go to the emergency room right away. Don't wait another minute, as this could be very serious; life threatening. (+ info
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