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.
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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.
It is used when anticoagulants are not an option, when clots form despite
anticoagulant use, or when there is an increased risk of death or a severely
restricted lifestyle if another pulmonary embolism occurs.