Category Archives: Pulmonary Embolism
A pulmonary embolism is a blockage in the main artery of the lungs or the main branches of that artery. Typically, these are cause by blood clots, but on rare occasion they may be the result of fat, air or some compounds found in some medications. In the majority of cases, these lung blood clots are caused from a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) that has occurred in the lower extremities (most commonly the deep veins of the legs or pelvis) and traveled upwards towards the lungs. Prompt pulmonary embolism treatment is essential
Blood clots in lungs can be very, very serious and lead to long term complications and serious health disorders. They are caused by several things; however there are some risk factors that make the chance of developing them more likely. For instance, people with certain types of blood cancers are nearly thirty times more likely to develop lung blood clots. And, there are also certain types of gene mutations that have been found to be more common in people who have blood clots in the lungs.
The problem with these clots is that
A saddle pulmonary embolism is a term that is used to describe bifurcation. However, the term bifurcation can sound a little confusing, and so the word “saddle” is very common. Essentially, bifurcation means that something is split into two parts, sort of the way that a saddle branches across both sides of a horse. Thus a saddle pulmonary embolism is one that separates the main artery, or one of its branches, of the lung. An embolism is any substance that travels in the body through the blood stream from one part of the body to another
A pulmonary embolism refers to a condition in which a substance blocks either the main artery of the lung, or one of its branches. It is considered in many cases to be a medical emergency. Just how serious the condition may be is very evident based on the symptoms that are presenting.
The most common of all pulmonary embolism causes is a DVT, a deep vein thrombosis. This means that a blood clot that exists in the lower parts of the leg or the pelvis in the deeper veins breaks off and travels upwards