Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism FAQs
Reviewed by Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP
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Q:Where in the body does deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occur?
Q:What is the meaning of the term "embolize?"
A:When clots break loose in the vein, they are said to "embolize."
Q:A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that becomes lodged in the lung. True or False?
Q:What causes a person to be at-risk for developing deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism?
A:Many factors can increase your risk to develop a DVT.
Q:Pulmonary embolism (PE) can occur without deep vein thrombosis (DVT). True or False?
Q:Who is at greater risk for pulmonary embolism, men or women?
A:The risk is the same for men and women.
Q:What are sign and symptoms of DVT?
A:Sign and symptoms of DVT can include redness, warmth, tenderness and swelling.
Q:What are signs and symptoms of pulmonary embolism?
A:Signs and symptoms of pulmonary embolism can include shortness of breath, chest pain, coughing blood.
Q:What are other risks of having a pulmonary embolism?
A:Sudden death is a possible risk associated with pulmonary embolism.
Q:What is the treatment for deep venous thrombosis above the knee?
A:Anticoagulation is the treatment of choice for DVTs.
Q:What percentage of people who have had DVT or PE are at risk for another episode?
A:Based on follow up studies with patients who had a DVT or PE, it is estimated that about 25% will have another episode.
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