PULMONARY EMBOLISM (PE)
Written by Slawomir (“Swavak”) Gromadzki, MPH
Pulmonary Embolism (PE) (most often triggered by Deep Vein Thrombosis or DVT) is a very serious and life-threatening condition because it can cause immediate blockage of pulmonary artery without any warning signs.
PE is usually caused by a blood clot travelling to the lungs from a leg. A blood clot in the leg is called Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). The clot from the leg may travel through the bloodstream to another part of the body, including lungs and obstruct the pulmonary artery, blocking blood flow to one of the lungs which may lead to death.
Many individuals with pulmonary embolism (PE) aren’t aware of having the condition as about half of all people who have this problem do not show any symptoms.
In order to effectively prevent and treat PE go to the article dealing with Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) as it is the cause of PE >
Risk factors for pulmonary embolism are similar to risk factors for deep vein thrombosis: Being obese or overweight as excess fat cells increases estrogen levels and also because being overweight promotes high blood pressure and inflammation. Stress may increase risk for DVT or PE even tenfold as a result of increased inflammation, amount of free radicals, hormonal changes raising blood pressure. Lack of exercise (sedentary lifestyle) contributes to PE and DVT because it leads to poor blood circulation and clot development. Around 20 % of all PE cases take place in the hospitals as a result of stress, immobilization, raised blood pressure changes, infections or intravenous catheter. Other risk factors may include chronic diseases, pregnancy, birth control pills, hormonal changes, inherited tendencies, etc.
Pulmonary embolism and DVT are typically treated with a combination of blood-thinning medicines such Warfarin or Coumadin and Heparin for 3 to 6 months. While blood thinners can save lives, it’s also important to make lifestyle changes to help prevent the problem as using drugs for long time will lead to dangerous side effects.
The best and safe way to prevent DVT and PE is by implementing principles and using natural remedies and supplements described in the following articles:
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