Pulmonary Embolism - Venous Doppler

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Venous Doppler study

Ultrasound of the legs, also known as venous Doppler studies, may be used to look for blood clots in the legs of a patient suspected of having a pulmonary embolus. If a deep vein thrombosis exists, it can be inferred that chest pain and shortness of breath may be due to a pulmonary embolism. The treatment for deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolus is generally the same.

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Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 01

I thought I had an ankle injury from running so ignored the swelling and pain too long. With a venous Doppler study it turned out to be a deep vein thrombosis which turned into a pulmonary embolism (PE). I was going through a divorce at the time and attributed the shortness of breath episodes as panic attacks. I totally didn't get it. I was young and healthy. Turns out I am diagnosed with factor V Leiden so am prone to clots. The fact that I never got one prior or during my pregnancies is a miracle. My PE was severe enough that the doctors have me on thinners for the rest of my life, which is an unsettling feeling. I have leg pain still from damaged veins, but ignore them and go ahead and work out, bike ride, hike, walk, and lift weights. Life is good.

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Comment from: David D, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 29

I had an ultrasound done on both legs, and around the groin area. It's not painful, and very good to have done especially in diagnosing blood clots so they don't travel.

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