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Pulmonary Embolism (cont.)

Pulmonary Embolism Prevention

The best way to prevent a pulmonary embolism is to avoid the risk factors previously discussed.

A frequent cause of pulmonary embolism is a long car or airplane trips when the blood pools in the legs and forms a blood clot that then breaks loose and travels to the lung.

  • Stop at least every 2 hours on a car trip and stretch the legs and walk.
  • On long airplane flights, get up and walk the aisle at least once an hour to prevent blood clot formation.
  • After surgery, compression units are placed on the legs that function like the leg muscles, to help clot formation. Anitclotting medications are also utilized.

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