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Overview

A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that affects the lungs. Typically, a blood clot travels from another area in the body before becoming lodged in one of the arteries that supply blood to the lungs. A pulmonary embolism can damage part of the lun[read article]

Tests for Pulmonary Embolism

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A pulmonary ventilation/perfusion scan is a series of two scans that measure how well air and blood are able to flow through your lungs (ventilation scan), as well ...  More
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An electrocardiogram (also known as an ECG or EKG) is a simple, painless test that measures your heart's electrical activity. Every heartbeat is triggered by a...  More
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Pulse Oximetry
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A physical examination is a routine test your doctor performs to check your overall health. It is also known as a wellness check. A physical examination helps your ...  More
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Quantitative D-Dimer Assay Test
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Impedance Plethysmography
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A computerized tomography scan (CT or CAT scan) is a series of cross-sectional X-ray images of your body. CT scans are used to examine your bones and soft tissues f...  More
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An angiography, sometimes called an arteriography, is a way for doctors to see your arteries. Normally, arteries don't show up on X-rays. In this procedure, yo...  More
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An arteriogram is a procedure that produces an image of your arteries. Your doctor will use dye (called contrast material) and X-rays to observe the flow of blood t...  More
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A computerized tomography scan (CT or CAT scan) is a series of cross-sectional X-ray images of your body. CT scans are used to examine your bones and soft tissues f...  More
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Doppler ultrasound is a technique used to measure the flow of blood through your arteries and blood vessels-usually those in your extremities. Vascular flow studies...  More
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An ultrasound scan is a medical test that uses high-frequency sound waves to capture live images from the inside of your body. The technology is similar to that use...  More
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Medical Procedures for Pulmonary Embolism

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Oxygen therapy provides supplemental oxygen to people with breathing disorders.  More
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Insertion of Vena Cava Filter
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Prescribed Medications for Pulmonary Embolism

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HEPARIN (HEP a rin) is an anticoagulant. It is used to treat or prevent clots in the veins, arteries, lungs, or heart. It stops clots from forming or getting bigger...  More
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WARFARIN (WAR far in) is an anticoagulant. It is used to treat or prevent clots in the veins, arteries, lungs, or heart.  More
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ALTEPLASE (AL te plase) can dissolve blood clots that form in the heart, blood vessels, or lungs after a heart attack. This medicine is also given to improve recove...  More
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FONDAPARINUX is used after knee, hip, or abdominal surgeries to prevent blood clotting. It is also used to treat existing blood clots in the lungs or in the veins.  More
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