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
Lung diseases are some of the most common medical conditions in the world. Tens of millions of people suffer from lung disease in the U.S. Smoking, infections, and genetics are responsible for most lung diseases.
The lungs are part of a complex apparatus, expanding and relaxing thousands of times each day to bring in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide. Lung disease can result from problems in any part of this system.
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.