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These specimens are clot that have been surgically removed from the lung arteries in a patient with massive pulmonary embolism. I wonder if you would be able to comment on my query about re-scanning and shrinkage of large clots in the leg (14th June), Sorry to bother you again over the last day, I have had slight chest pain In my other side.. not constant.. only now and then.. but as I’m on pradaxa, I don’t know what to do. I am back walking about 2 miles on treadmill 4 days per week, however I am having some rt sided chest pressure with palpitations. As the DVTs and PE were provoked how long would you recommend treatment? At four weeks an echo was unable to give artery pressure because no tricuspid regurgitation. thank you A large pe would typically show right sided heart strain on the echo. Watch for bleeding and bruising while you take blood thinners. Given the large amount of people we have been able to help here, we are starting a twitter to help keep heart patients up to date with advances and relevant information. My pulmonogist said that sometimes there could be residual clot, and he is planning on doing a follow-up CTA in 1 month. Not easy for we active types. He suffered from his symptoms for 24 hours prior to seeking medical attention. Thank you for this valuable information. Is it reasonably safe for me to discontinue Eliquis? I welcome any comments and appreciate your time. I was tested by my PC on July 2, and found to have an elevated anticardiolipen reading, but tested negative for FACTOR V Leiden. I was diagnosed with DVT and Many PE’s about 5 months ago. Any thoughts on what else I can do to fix this? I should say the infection symptoms cleared months ago, following the infarction event. But I am active. My condolences Susan. Other conditions include polycythemia, paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria and essential thrombocytosis amongst others. Or am I still at risk of death? What is your take on when you should or should not take a post operative thinner? I would recommend an opinion from a urologist to ensure no underlying issue. After blood, x-rays and a CT w/ contrast they told me I had small ones that were not “compromising”. Long story short they did a d-dimer test and it was positive so they sent me for a scan with contrast, 5 mins later 2 Drs came and told me I had lots of small clots in both lungs and that I’d be hospitalised for a few days. I can be walking, let’s say, from the kitchen to the living room and back, then I loose my balance and I will catch myself before falling. PE is not diagnosed by ultrasound, rather ultrasound can be used to determine the significance of a PE. Drugs.com provides accurate and independent information on more than 24,000 prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines and natural products. What happened to your trigeminal neuralgia? Further, they do not scan the calf muscle on the same leg or the other leg if they get a positive ultrasound image – because the treatment will be the same and there will be no significant benefit to the patient. The ER doc said bloodwork showed no heart damage but it could still happen. Hopefully the medicine (blood thinner) will lead to fairly rapid resolution of the clots. i wasn’t treated properly to begin with. My concerns are, if this is in fact PE, do the blood clots become larger when not treated? A couple years ago my grandma passed away of what the doctors thought was a pulmonary embolism (no autopsy) my leg has started to hurt after the meds and my symptoms are “there” just not as strong and hard. First in the triad was hypercoagulability, this basically means that for some reason the blood is more likely to form clots because of the changes in the chemicals within it. Blood thinner is a successful treatment. My mom was hospitazed last monday with extreme chest pain and shortness of breath they found out only today why….she has a pulmonary embolism…she is 90 years old ,n 4 months ago survived 3 strokes … i want to know if possible her chances to get better from this,at her age are they high or low…..what is the next step to fix that …i feel in the dark with doctors …could she get better….thanks for a response. On day 49 of my recovery I had bad chest pain and headaches and felt dizzy. Thank you for this informative article. The test showed I still have lots of PSs in both lungs. I’m a 27 year old male. My 28 year old friend passed away July 1st from “acute bilateral pulmonary thromboembolism caused by DVT”. I guess the limp is a blessing. If you are interested in cutting edge information and therapy for pulmonary embolism and heart disease then feel free to follow our twitter at @MustafaAhmedMD, Hi Dr Ahmed, I was diagnosed May 16 with PE at age 68 and did not have any DVT they don’t know how they developed they ran a lot of test on my blood and think that my body is making a lot of clots this is all new to me and as far as I know it didn’t run in the family the diagnoses was bilateral pulmonary embolism with supraventricular tachycardia they didn’t say that my heart was damaged due to the Pe so I am on blood thinners for now till I have a blood test in August to see if it is symptomatic or not I also have a under active thyroid I wonder if the two are connected I read if your thyroid is not working it affects your whole system I haven’t found any info yet about it .I wonder if I should be watching my heart rate they didn’t say I should even thou it was high at 140 and had to bring it down I due worry when I am being active what would you due I would like your opinion and I will talk to my physician when I see him.Thanks. Is this normal. I’m healthy as far as I know other than those PEs. They are sending him home today on eliquis 10mg twice daily. Its good to keep active, although with the blood thinner on board its unlikely that low activity would lead to clot development. I recommend that an echo be repeated maybe at a month after, it wil be reassuring if the right heart is not strained. If the cause was known with certainty (i.e surgery, illness, injury, medications etc. Also he has been deemed one of the 3 % of pwople whose bodies do not reobsorb the clots, as they have only shrunk slughtly since the first episode. Hi Dr. Mustafa Ahmed, A PE can become life-threatening. Probably Not Enough, COVID-19 ICU Patients Have High Risk of Clots, Research Shows. I really had no idea this was common. Dr. Mustafa is there way to help the body eat the blood clot besides being on the blood thinners? this is really worrying me. Many people with large clots, if treated appropriately can expect a good quality of life and make full recovery. Thank you again for providing such clear and easy to understand descriptions and explanations…. Hi, my dad has been to many doctor/hospital appointments with bad chest pains, shortness of breath. I went to the gynaecologist at the near end of pregnancy after the echo and was explaining that my lung doctor all though pregnancy had told don’t do anything to exsurt myself and I wasn’t told why he said its because of the echo.I replied she said it’s fine he shook his head no its not you have strain on the right side of your heart.. I have been on warfarin since last November after having developed multiple blood clots in both lungs also right heart strain.i have spoken to my GP and he has told me that in September he will not send me for another scan on my lungs,how can he tell that the blood clots have dissolved .shoud I insist that he sends me for another scan as how can he tell if they are gone without one. My concern is that he has had two attacks last night of the very similar under rib pain that brought him in here, very excruciating, to the point he can barely breathe. How serious was this heart strain, your opinion. If it is likely to be the former, do you know how long it might take for my clot to disperse (approximately, of course!)? Other symptoms may include chest pain, dizziness, or passing out. “They look great”, said my Pulmonologist who has released me from taking Eliquis, which I have been on for the full six months. Hi,Dr .Ahmed, I just read your reply I’ll try to keep positive but some days you wonder you want to due things and you due but takes three days to recover from it makes you wonder but I should not complain I know other people are in worse shape then I ‘am so thank you for your replies I will try to keep positive and take my meds maybe some day they will find a cure so thanks again. Any advice or input would be greatly appreciated. She referred me to a cardiologist about 3 weeks later I saw him. Thanks for you reply Dr. Unless she is truly unstable from the clot, it may be best to treat it conservatively. No significant PTS at the moment. Wear a bracelet or necklace that says you take this medicine. Please give me any thoughts or information that you can. Shouldn’t the clots have dissolved by now? Inherited clotting disorders are a common cause of development of vein clot (venous thrombosis) that can lead to pulmonary embolism. For the first week I took 2 pills twice a day & I am now only taking 1 pill twice a day. Two large in my left. What was strange is both my chest xrays and CT scan did not dectect any PE. She refused the cholesterol medication. I just got out of the hospital after having suffered a sub-massive PE. He didn’t even answer and said my discharge papers will be ready so.. everything in my soul is saying find a lawyer because the treatment I received was almost degrading. Of course medical advice should be taken from your treating Dr. Keep positive. Then yesterday I woke up at 5 am with terrible back pain and hour later I coughed up blood so went back to the hospital. Five months later and in the ER diagnosed with lots of PEs in both lungs. If there is a hereditary component then some of the blood tests that you have had may shed some light on this. You will need to see your healthcare provider for follow-up visits when you are on warfarin. he drank but only weekends jd and beer in week no more no less then any other young person. I started that strained snoring breathing, but stopped breathing again. It is also useful in assessing pressures in the artery of the lung, this should be monitored after a PE. Required fields are marked *. I’ve been on Xarelto since the end of February for having blood clots on both lungs they took me off the xarelto thursday 8/31/17 and I’m so nervous I felt the xarelto was my life saver and now it gone I had a CT scan done on the 8/4/17 and they said that my lungs were clear how accurate are those scans really. If someone was fit and healthy then they often bounce back relatively quickly, those with complex medical history and pre existing symptoms may take longer to bounce back. immediately. You have questions or concerns about your condition or care. Make an appointment as soon as possible. On Saturday 29th, the physical therapist came to the house and started her treatment. After having a heart score ct done to check for blockage it shows that there is no plaque and that I’m at zero risk for heart disease. No other cause or risk factor found. This then led to a pulmonary catherization which led to application of a bolus of heparin and a 24-hour dosing of clot-busting medicine. That Night, and I went Home, The 5th of January, and am walking, and trying to help things along, but, I walked 3 miles, or maybe 4, yesterday, and I was so exhausted. Is there any way having a tumor on the brain can be related to a blood clot on the lung. If you can reference any articles that would be tremendous, above and beyond. I was admitted to hospital and diagnosed with septic pulmonary embolism.im 38 and have a drug history.the infectious disease Dr said 4 weeks at a facility on vancomycin.they sent me to a facility and the conditions were so poor it was one of the worst experiences of my life so I asked to go to different facility but in mean Time I was sent back to same hospital.the next morning a Dr I never seen before said we r discharging u and u r gonna a take levofloxin daily.im scared that this won’t do it cause the infectious disease Dr was very adamant about the 4 weeks of iv vancomycin.i said there is no other facility I can go to. The filter would in that setting appear appropriate, then in the long term a discussion with a neurosurgeon and a neurologist regarding the possibility of blood thinners in the future. Lost my confidence. Anyway he was recently taken off his eloquis to have a biopsy done. Breathing is not perfect, but I am still alive and will be on warfarin rest of life. The chest pain is not uncommon and can be a result of pulmonary infarction, the tissue scarring up somewhat as it heals. If you suspect a DVT, and knowing that if it dislodges, the occurrence of a pulmonary embolism will be literally within seconds, don’t delay getting yourself checked out in the nearest emergency room. I am just 17 when I got acute pe when will the clott get removed or if it can be permanent plsss tell does eating oily will increase my pe threat more plss tell. Hi, with PE how long is quick in terms of diagnosis? Hi my mom (82) had hip surgery in august, 2 weeks after she end up have a pe that was busted using catheter therapy. MyHeart is a group of physicians dedicated to empowering patients to take control of their health. Is chest pressure a symptom of a PE? Can you give any advice please as to how he should go about his rehab now that he is home? 2 months ago i went to the doctor with chest pains and shortness of breath. He has one doctor. Would like to hear what your opinion is on how long it takes to feel better. A blood clot is a solid or semisolid clump of blood. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. People need to be educated that once they have a dvt they remain high risk and any shortness of breath should be suspicious for pe. Complications always possible yes, but recurrence of the thrombus may be life threatening. Spreading awareness is critical. moderately reduced to severely reduced function. No evidence of heart strain (aside from my complaint of pressure/discomfort in the area, however, I should say I am waiting for echocardiogram results so this potential is being explored – previous reference was a typo), and I did try stomach acid – type meds to try to rule out gastro reflux which didn’t change anything. Massive pulmonary embolism patients are unstable and may often present with sudden cardiac death. 145 / 90 to 108 /71. Im worried but dont know if i should see a doctor. Should I have been kept in hospital? I didn’t do much when I first came home. I’m having genetic testing done. But she seems to be getting sicker with different symptoms popping up, her doctor isn’t very helpful so im looking for any advice or maybe just an idea of what you think might be going on with her. My query: See a doctor who can help. Six weeks in total in hospital still not sure if heart and lungs are ok. Last year at this time I started feeling very weird . I’m 37 years old. I know they were looking specifically at the lungs but can also some critical heart information be seen as well? My pulmonologist said my clots were “pretty good sized” and he would do a follow up lung and leg scan in 6 months to check on progress. Many physicians would recommend aspirin in the long term in the absence of significant bleeding risk factors and it may be effective to some degree although not as effective as anticoagulation. I just Thank God I’m Still Here. I was also having spin classes 2 or 3 times a week, which might be a risk factor to the PE I had (first DVT, 3 weeks later massive PE). I am taking three days off of work and I walked the dog for 30 mins with only minor pain. Overnight or laying down it would be back to normal. It’s listed as UnProvoked. The veins are like the highway used by the blood to get back to the lungs. I see a cardiologist in the AM following this post. Everywhere I’ve read it says that quick diagnosis is very important and I’m worrying that maybe 2 weeks isn’t what they would call quick. Please tell me what this means. I coughed up blood during week 10 and had a CT scan that showed “near complete resolution” of my old clot and no new clot. Now, almost a year from first diagnosis, I still feel the pain which is on the front of my chest, approximately halfway above the heart and towards my left shoulder. It seems I ran a half marathon with a bilateral P.E. :'( Hopefully you see this as this article was posted years ago. I continue to improve, tho recovering my breathing is slow, which led me to find your site. Use a soft washcloth on your skin, and a soft toothbrush to brush your teeth. I could not breathe, trying to take a breath was unbearable. She did originally go into hospital but they sent her home saying she had a chest infection despite her recently having DVT and the fact that blood clots and strokes seem fairly common in the family (Careless of them not to do any checks). was diagnosed with massive saddle pulmonary embolism 8 months ago.Still unable to participate in previous activities (hiking, biking swimming etc.) I had 5 clots lodged in my lungs. Thanks. Was in hospital for 2 weeks. We comply with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information -, Review: Thromboembolism Risk High in COVID-19 Patients, AHA News: How Much Do You Know About Thrombosis? Is this a normal symptom? The worst part of it all is that I was put on heparin IV for 10 days and my platelets went down from 200,000 to 43. I’m 41 years and I was diagnosed with a sub-massive PE 15 weeks ago. He showed no symptoms (except his leg being sore) Primary dr came back , got me to his office, did d-dimmer. Is Factor 8 hereditary? I have completed extensive physical examination to rule cancer as a cause of the PE, perhaps specific bloodwork would also be informative? Don’t worry, its not that complicated, I’ll explain below. The EKG done at the time indicated hypertrophy of the left ventricle suggesting left atrial enlargement. MRI showed completely torn ACL, grade 2 sprain MCL, lateral meniscus tear, bad bone bruise, micro fracture of femur. My mum had a stroke last July, she recently had a fall and has been diagnosed with a small bleed on her brain. I am currently on Eliquis, and will likely be so for the rest of my life because they still don’t know why this 50-year old male got the leg clot in the first place. Then in June of 2017 while at work out of the blue I had severe pain that started right below my breastbone and it spread upwards into my chest, both sides of my rib cage and into my back. As in activity, They told her that they couldn’t find the blood clot after a CAT scan. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. In general most would recommend testing for predisposing factors including hematologic assessement so decisions regarding long term treatment can be made. I am feeling less exhausted, but after any exertion, I have to sleep for two or three hours, or I feel I will fall down from exhaustion. My son is back to work full time, but on limited duty. 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