Pulmonary Embolism - Thrombolytic Therapy

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Thrombolytic therapy

Pulmonary embolism can be fatal, especially if involves a large amount of clot. When the patient is unconscious, has low or no blood pressure or are not breathing, clot busting or thrombolytic therapy using medications like TPA (tissue plasminogen activator) may be considered. It is also often considered when signs of right heart strain are present.

In certain centers, a special procedure can be performed where is catherter is placed in the right side of the heart and the clot is essentially vacuumed out.

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Comment from: Bradley, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 25

I had the same experiences and symptoms of many here. Doctors told me for over a year that nothing was wrong with me. Only after getting so bad and going to an excellent emergency room did they find the clots and start thrombolytic therapy. Listen to your body talking to you, then go to another doctor and another until you get one that will listen and do something. Most doctors in their office won"t listen, don"t want to listen and don"t have the equipment to do it right. And, not smoking, drinking, and abusing your body, makes it much easier to recover.

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Comment from: Carol, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 21

After developing a pulmonary embolism (PE) after a hysterectomy. I was on Lovenox and warfarin for 6 months. My doctor sent me for blood work to see if I was at risk for more clots. I found out that I have a blood disorder called Factor V Leiden which is a gene mutation that causes blood to clot more than normal people. I had multiple miscarriages during my youth which is a result of this issue also. If you have had deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or PE, get tested for this. If you carry this gene your children should be tested also to see if they carry the gene because if they do they are at risk.

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