Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism FAQs
Reviewed by John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
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Q:Where in the body does deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occur?
Q:What is the meaning of the term "embolize?"
A:If a blood clot were to "embolize," this means it has broken loose and traveled through the circulatory system where it blocks another blood vessel.
Q:A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that becomes lodged in the lung. True or false?
Q:What causes a person to be at-risk for developing deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism?
A:Many factors can increase your risk to develop a DVT.
Q:Pulmonary embolism (PE) can occur without deep vein thrombosis (DVT). True or false?
Q:Who is at greater risk for pulmonary embolism, men or women?
A:The risk is the same for men and women.
Q:What are sign and symptoms of DVT?
A:Half of people with DVT will experience no symptoms.
Q:What are signs and symptoms of pulmonary embolism?
A:Depending on the size and location of the pulmonary embolus, symptoms can vary.
Q:What are other risks of having a pulmonary embolism?
A:Sudden death is a possible risk associated with pulmonary embolism.
Q:What is the treatment for DVT and PE?
A:Medications for deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism are called anticoagulants (blood thinners).
Q:People who have had DVT or PE are at risk for another episode. True or false?
A:Once you had a DVT/PE you are at risk of for another event.
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