The risk of
forming another blood clot is highest in the weeks after the first episode of
pulmonary embolism. This risk decreases over time. But the risk remains high
for months and sometimes years, depending upon what caused the pulmonary
embolism. People with recurrent blood clots and/or pulmonary embolism may have
to take anticoagulants daily for the rest of their lives. Anticoagulant medicines also are often used for people who
are not active due to illness or injury, or people who are having surgery on
the legs, hips, belly, or brain.
Recommended Related to Lung Disease/Respiratory Problems
Interventional pulmonology is a relatively new field in pulmonary medicine. Interventional pulmonology uses endoscopy and other tools to diagnose and treat conditions in the lungs and chest.
These procedures may be offered by pulmonologists (lung specialists) who have undergone extra training. Cardiothoracic and other surgeons also routinely perform interventional pulmonology procedures.
If you are already at high risk for pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis, talk to your doctor before taking a long flight or car trip. Ask if you need to take any special precautions to prevent blood clots during travel.