One of the deadliest vein conditions that can occur in the human body is something called a pulmonary embolism. Pulmonary embolisms are blockages, more specifically blood clots, that occur in the pulmonary arteries located in your lungs. The blood clots break from the veins in other parts of the body due to a condition called deep vein thrombosis and travel up the blood stream to your lungs. Once these blood clots find their way to the lungs, you can experience a variety of symptoms that can even lead to death. Like all other forms of vein disease, you can reduce your risk of pulmonary embolism through a few methods. Here is what you need to know:
As mentioned, the blood clots that break from your veins can travel to your lungs, causing a blockage. When these blood clots develop in your legs from deep vein thrombosis, they can easily be treated. There are a variety of causes for deep vein thrombosis, including injury to the limb where it occurs. Other causes include family disposition if you have family history of deep vein thrombosis.
Several common symptoms that individuals with a pulmonary embolism can experience include a sudden shortness of breath, stabbing chest pains, accelerated heart rate, and an unexplained cough with bloody mucus. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek treatment IMMEDIATELY.
Fortunately, there are several factors that can help reduce your risk of PEs and potentially save your life. Maintaining a healthy weight by exercising regularly and following a healthy diet is always the first step. Individuals who are overweight are at a higher risk for a pulmonary embolism. This includes getting up and moving around during work hours, especially if you work from a desk. Moving and stretching will help with the blood circulation in your legs and reduce the possibility of blood clotting. Other ways to encourage increased blood circulation is by staying hydrated and wearing loose fitting clothing. If you are currently pregnant or are taking hormone therapy, it is important to share your family disposition to pulmonary embolism with your physician.
If you believe you are currently suffering from deep vein thrombosis or have a family history of the condition, reach out to the Laser Vein Center for help. Our staff, led by Dr. Wright, has years of experience in helping treat vein disease and preventing pulmonary embolisms from occurring. Call today for your free consultation and see how we can help.