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how can I best prevent pulmonary embolism if I have a deep vein thrombosis?

I've been nursing a severe sprain for 2 weeks and harbor all the symptoms of thrombosis, but am home alone with no phone. My closest neighbor is hundreds if not thousands of feet away and like I said, severe sprain...

You obviously have the email facility as you are on the internet?? Which means that you should contact your Doctor or local Hospital, they will be able to help you and give advice.
I would most certainly swallow an ASPIRIN at least, in the meantime.
Hope you resolve this safely and healthily.  (+ info)

What is the difference between an embolism and thrombosis?

What is the difference in a thrombus and an embolus? They both have one thing in common, they are both usually blood clots; but, the thrombus is stationary such as a deep vein thrombus in the thigh or a popliteal thrombus behind the knee.

An embolus is a thrombus that has moved from one place to another. You might hear such medical slang as, "he's thrown a PE". This translates into a thrombus moving from one location to a lung; thus, the "PE" or pulmonary

A clot can also form in the heart itself with mitral valve regurgitation, or atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is where the top part of the heart; the smaller chambers called the atrium begin to quiver rather than pump effectively. Blood that isn't moving tends to congeal, forming clots. These atrial clots can migrate to the ventricles where they can be "thrown" to another part of the body, such as the brain, causing a stroke. Mitral valve regurgitation occurs when the atrium finishes pumping blood to the ventricle. The mitral valve is supposed to close tightly in order to prevent contraction of the ventricle from pushing blood back into the filling atrium. If the mitral valve has a slight leak, blood can be forced back into the atrium. This problem can be repaired with surgery.

A similar situation can result with congestive heart failure in an advanced condition. This situation causes the ventricles to empty ineffectively; leaving some residual blood that can clot and go to another part of the body; or, the heart itself. The heart is fed by vessels that come off the aorta. As the heart pumps, some of the blood goes to vessels such as the anterior descending coronary artery. If a clot winds up in one of these arteries that feed the heart, a "heart attack" can occur, depriving certain portions of the heart of oxygen and nutrients. You may hear this referred to as a myocardial infarction or coronary occlusion. These situations are very dangerous, but not necessarily deadly. There are many variables involved; primarily, if the clot can be broken up or the amount of muscle damage that occurs. The first two weeks of a myocardial infarction are critical times.  (+ info)

Is there any connection between the deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism?

What is the difference between a pulmonary embolus and pulmonary infarct?

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Deep Vein Thrombosis

Only about half of the people with deep vein thrombosis have symptoms. The symptoms may include:

* Swollen area of the leg.
* Pain or tenderness in the leg. The pain is usually in one leg and may be felt only when standing or walking.
* Increased warmth in the area of the leg that is swollen or in pain.
* Red or discolored skin.

Pulmonary Embolism

Some people find out that they have deep vein thrombosis only after the clot has moved from the leg and traveled to the lung (pulmonary embolism). The symptoms may include:

* Chest pain when you take a deep breath
* Shortness of breath  (+ info)

What are some similarities and differences between embolism and thrombosis?

An embolism is the blockage of a blood vessel by a blood clot, a piece of tissue, an air bubble, or a foreign object. Thrombosis is formation of blood clots in veins, often deep inside the legs. The clot may then break off as an embolism and travel to the lungs where it may cause respiratory distress and, possibly, failure.

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Has anyone ever heard of someone surviving deep-vein thrombosis and/or pulmonary embolism?

Every time I hear about these two, it is because someone passed away suddenly. A newspaper reporter in Chicago was the second person I have heard of that died suddenly from a combination of the two of these. It appears from the description of it (Web MD) that the best way to prevent it is to stay physically active (which is not surprising).

Pulmonary embolism is a well-known cause of sudden death. People usually survive DVT and survive pulmonary embolism more frequently than you might imagine, as long as the emboli are small. Prevention is the best treatment. Prompt recognition and treatment of the condition when it happens is obviously very important.

One well-known person who survived pulmonary embolism was President Nixon, who had a type of screen placed in his inferior vena cava to trap embloi and to prevent further emboli from getting to his lungs. His procedure was done at Memorial Hospital Medical Center of Long Beach, California, in 1975.  (+ info)

For deep vein thrombosis with pulmonory embolism is operation is the only alternative?

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Someone that had a deep-vein thrombosis and a small Pulmonay Embolism 3 months ago, could make Scuba Dive ?


I had strog stroke in my knee in the begining of October and it caused an deep-vein thrombosis in it. 2 months later it evolved to a very small Pulmonay Embolism.
Now, I'm taking a droug called sodic varfarin to make my blook thinner, but i wont take it forever.. (probably only 6 months).

In MArch, I will go to Hawaii, and I would like A LOT to make some scuba diving and some free dive.

Do you think it could be a risk to my Life ? and... if it is.. do you think that if I make only free dive (without any breathing equipament) I would be in risk also ?

thanks a lot !
Of course i've spoken to a doctor...

I have a doctor that is with me during this hole time...

He says NO to dive.

I'm just getting some other opinions and information, but of course i WILL follow his advice

I know you would like A LOT to dive, but I would strongly discourage it. Talk to your Dr. He might say 'would you like to die'.  (+ info)

what is the difference between Thrombosis and Embolism?

Thrombosis is the abnormal condition of having a thrombus (which is a blood clot that is attached to the interior wall of an artery or vein. An embolism is the sudden blockage of a blood vessel by an embolus (which is a foreign object, such as a clot, which circulates through your blood. So the difference between the two would be a thrombosis is a blood clot which is actually attached to the interior wall of an artery or vein (blood can still move through the artery or vein) where an embolism is a sudden blockage (not allowing blood to circulate through) of a blood vessel (artery or vein) which was caused when the blood vessel was too narrow for the embolus (any foreign object circulating through the blood) to pass. Hope this helps  (+ info)

Thrombosis vs. Infarction vs. Embolism?

Whats the difference between these terms?

Infarction= dead tissue

Thrombosis= is the condition of having a blood clot either in the heart or bloodstream.

Embolism is a clot also, but not necessarily in the circulatory system. (ie pulmonary embolism, or fat emboli)  (+ info)

How to treat deep vein thrombosis of the lower leg?

Urgent! My friend has a swollen leg after a flight. Doctors discovered that she has a thrombosis and there is a real danger of this clot causing trouble. She undergoes a heparin injections treatment.
Is this the best solution? How to heal this throbmosis?! Thanks!

The heparin is the treatment, it keeps the clot from progressing while the body breaks it down.

Eventually she should be switched over to warfarin, which a pill that acts similarly. This therapy would usually last about 3 months

DVT's are common, and are mainly dangerous when they're not recognized early, it seems like your friend got treatment in time  (+ info)

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