Pulmonary Embolism

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My case study encompasses pulmonary embolism and a saddle pulmonary embolism. The patient I chose was a female who had just given birth with no complications during labor, but developed a pulmonary embolism that later on was confirmed to be a saddle pulmonary embolism. Not known to me before this clinical study pulmonary embolism is a leading cause of death among pregnant women in the developed world. A pulmonary embolism is a sudden blockage in a lung artery. The blockage is usually by a blood clot that travels to the lung from the vein in the leg. A clot that forms in one part of the body and travels in the bloodstream to another part of the body is called and embolus (NAT13). Pulmonary embolism is a serious condition that can damage your lung due to lack of blood flow to your lung tissue, which can lead to pulmonary hypertension. Pulmonary hypertension is increased pressures in the pulmonary artery. PE can also cause low oxygen levels in your blood and damage other organs in your body because of a lack of oxygen. If a blood clot is very large it can cause death. A pulmonary embolism can also be called a venous thromboembolism.
A PE usually begins as a clot in a deep vein of the leg, which is called deep vein thrombosis. This clot can break and travel through the bloodstream to the lungs and block the artery. Blood clots can form in the deep veins of the legs if blood flow is restricted and slows down. This can occur when you don’t move around for long periods of time. Some examples that can cause this are some types of surgery, during a long trip in a car or airplane, and if you must stay in bed for an extended period of time. Under rare circumstances an air bubble, part of tumor, or other tissue travels to lungs and causes ...

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... you should take baby aspirin (81 mg). The earlier a patient takes preventative measures the less a patient has to worry about taking other medication such Warfarin which have many adverse side effects such as excessive bleeding. Patients need to continuously check legs for any signs and symptoms of DVT.

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