pulmonary embolism focuses on preventing future
pulmonary embolism by using
anticoagulant medicines. Anticoagulants prevent
existing blood clots from growing larger and help prevent new ones from
If symptoms are severe and life-threatening,
immediate and sometimes aggressive treatment is needed. Aggressive treatment
thrombolytic medicines, which can dissolve a blood
clot quickly but also increase the risk of severe bleeding. Another option for
life-threatening, large pulmonary embolism is to remove the clot. This is
called an embolectomy. An embolectomy is done during a surgery or minimally invasive procedure.
Recommended Related to Lung Disease/Respiratory Problems
A pleural effusion is an abnormal amount of fluid around the lung. Pleural effusions can result from many medical conditions. Most pleural effusions are not serious by themselves, but some require treatment to avoid problems.
Some people may also benefit from having a
vena cava filter inserted into the large central vein
of the body. This filter can help prevent blood clots from reaching the lungs.
This filter might be used if you cannot take an anticoagulant. Or it might be used if anticoagulants have not worked well enough to lower your risk for blood clots.
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