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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.
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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)

what are the long term effects of pulmonary hypertension? health care providers only?


my mom has just been diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension. im a nurse and i have never heard of this disorder. ive been looking for it in my nursing books and have found nothing. ive tried searching the internet and found some info about it. my question is...if gone untreated what could really happen.. and if treated will it eventually go away or will she always have it? also what is the lifespan of someone with pulmonary hypertension?
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Pulmonary Hypertension if left untreated will eventually lead to heart failure. It causes a back up of pressure back into the right side of the heart causing increased work for the heart eventually leading to hypertrophy of the heart muscle and ineffective contraction.

This article will help you
http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/361242-overview  (+ 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?
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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 do you suggest to give to a patient who has a Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease?


What do you suggest we give to a patient who has a Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, coming to the emergency room for a sudden attack of chest pain and pallor
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Dear worm - "we" might "give" the patient an appropriate history & physical, followed by an EKG & chest X-ray. If you need more, contact a pulmonologist or cardiologist as you attempt to administer oxygen.  (+ 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.
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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
bloody sputum
cough
lightheadedness, dizziness, fainting
sharp chest pain or back pain
http://www.medbroadcast.com/channel_condition_info_details.asp?disease_id=50&channel_id=2022&relation_id=16214&rot=4&rating=4  (+ info)

my mom has to get a Pulmonary Function Test does this mean she have lung cancer?


My mom got a call from the doctor today saying she needs to have a Pulmonary Function Test done. Does this mean she might have lung cancer? i'm really scared and worried.

She actually even started the patch on monday to quit smoking to.
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No, it means the doctor is worried about the amount of oxygen she is getting. She could have reduced function from smoking, pneumonia, TB, cancer, non-cancerous tumours, and many other things...some scary, some very easily treated.

Encourage her to carry on with the patches....stopping smoking will help whatever is wrong.  (+ info)

Can someone with the heart condition called pulmonary stenosis drink alcohol?


Can someone with the heart condition called pulmonary stenosis drink alcohol?

Is it safe? Do they react differently? How does the heart take it?
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Alcohol is bad for you even if you're perfectly healthy.  (+ info)

Does anyone know of an online doctor of Pulmonary Fibrosis?


Hi! I live in a small city in Mexico where there's not much technology on treatment of Pulmonary Fibrosis. It would be of a great help if you could tell me about some doctor who offers consultations online about this disease. Thank U in advance.
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There are two organizations in the United States that may be able to help. They are:

http://www.coalitionforpf.org/
http://www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org/

Both of these organizations are patient advocates and if you need help, they are the best place to go. I know. I have pulmonary fibrosis and they have been a tremendous help to me and my family throughout our struggles with this hideous killer. Good luck to you and I hope they can help.  (+ info)

Would the British climate be good or bad for Pulmonary Fibrosis.?


My friends mother, who currently lives in the Mediteranian, has been diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis. Would it be a good or bad idea to bring her to England?
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It depends since there are yet no effective cure pulmonary fibrosis right now..if you bring her to England on the countrysides and away from the inhaled environmental and occupational pollutants that are usually found in urban areas then it is okay..  (+ info)

How to fake a pulmonary function test?


How do I make my pulmonary function test look worse than it is?
real answers only please.
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Any good technologist would snuff your scheme right out .... and would document those findings on the results  (+ info)

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