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PULMONARY EMBOLISM Symptoms and Causes

What is a pulmonary embolism (PE)?

A pulmonary embolism (PE) is a sudden blockage in a lung artery. It usually happens when a when a blood clot breaks loose and travels through the bloodstream to the lungs. PE is a serious condition that can cause

  • Permanent damage to the lungs
  • Low oxygen levels in your blood
  • Damage to other organs in your body from not getting enough oxygen

PE can be life-threatening, especially if a clot is large, or if there are many clots.

What causes a pulmonary embolism (PE)?

The cause is usually a blood clot in the leg called a deep vein thrombosis that breaks loose and travels through the bloodstream to the lung.

Who is at risk for a pulmonary embolism (PE)?

Anyone can get a pulmonary embolism (PE), but certain things can raise your risk of PE:

  • Having surgery, especially joint replacement surgery
  • Certain medical conditions, including
    • Cancers
    • Heart diseases
    • Lung diseases
    • A broken hip or leg bone or other trauma
  • Hormone-based medicines, such as birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy
  • Pregnancy and childbirth. The risk is highest for about six weeks after childbirth.
  • Not moving for long periods, such as being on bed rest, having a cast, or taking a long plane flight
  • Age. Your risk increases as you get older, especially after age 40.
  • Family history and genetics. Certain genetic changes that can increase your risk of blood clots and PE.
  • Obesity
What are the symptoms of a pulmonary embolism (PE)?

Half the people who have pulmonary embolism have no symptoms. If you do have symptoms, they can include shortness of breath, chest pain or coughing up blood. Symptoms of a blood clot include warmth, swelling, pain, tenderness and redness of the leg.

How is a pulmonary embolism (PE) diagnosed?

It can be difficult to diagnose PE. To make a diagnosis, your health care provider will

  • Take your medical history, including asking about your symptoms and risk factors for PE
  • Do a physical exam
  • Run some tests, including various imaging tests and possibly some blood tests
What are the treatments for a pulmonary embolism (PE)?

If you have PE, you need medical treatment right away. The goal of treatment is to break up clots and help keep other clots from forming. Treatment options include medicines and procedures.

Medicines

  • Anticoagulants, or blood thinners, keep blood clots from getting larger and stop new clots from forming. You might get them as an injection, a pill, or through an I.V. (intravenous). They can cause bleeding, especially if you are taking other medicines that also thin your blood, such as aspirin.
  • Thrombolytics are medicines to dissolve blood clots. You may get them if you have large clots that cause severe symptoms or other serious complications. Thrombolytics can cause sudden bleeding, so they are used if your PE is serious and may be life-threatening.

Procedures

  • Catheter-assisted thrombus removal uses a flexible tube to reach a blood clot in your lung. Your health care provider can insert a tool in the tube to break up the clot or to deliver medicine through the tube. Usually you will get medicine to put you to sleep for this procedure.
  • A vena cava filter may be used in some people who cannot take blood thinners. Your health care provider inserts a filter inside a large vein called the vena cava. The filter catches blood clots before they travel to the lungs, which prevents pulmonary embolism. But the filter does not stop new blood clots from forming.
Can pulmonary embolism (PE) be prevented?

Preventing new blood clots can prevent PE. Prevention may include

  • Continuing to take blood thinners. It's also important to get regular checkups with your provider, to make sure that the dosage of your medicines is working to prevent blood clots but not causing bleeding.
  • Heart-healthy lifestyle changes, such as heart-healthy eating, exercise, and, if you smoke, quitting smoking
  • Using compression stockings to prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Moving your legs when sitting for long periods of time (such as on long trips)
  • Moving around as soon as possible after surgery or being confined to a bed

NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

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1 Recruiting Management of Myocardial Injury After Noncardiac Surgery Trial
Condition: Myocardial Injury After Noncardiac Surgery (MINS)
Interventions: Drug: Dabigatran;   Drug: Placebo (for Dabigatran);   Drug: Omeprazole;   Drug: Placebo (for Omeprazole)
Outcome Measures: Major vascular complication (for Dabigatran);   Major upper gastrointestinal complication (for Omeprazole);   Individual secondary outcomes for Dabigatran;   Upper gastrointestinal complication for Omeprazole;   Major vascular complication for Omeprazole;   Individual secondary outcomes for Omeprazole;   Safety outcomes for Dabigatran;   Safety outcomes for Omeprazole
2 Recruiting Strategy of Continued Versus Interrupted Dabigatran at Time of Device Surgery in Patients With Moderate to High Risk of Arterial Thromboembolic Events
Condition: Hematoma
Intervention: Drug: Dabigatran
Outcome Measures: Clinically significant hematoma;   Composite of major peri-operative bleeding events and thrombo-embolic events
3 Recruiting Dabigatran Versus Warfarin After Mitral and/or Aortic Bioprosthesis Replacement and Atrial Fibrillation Postoperatively
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Interventions: Drug: Dabigatran;   Drug: Warfarin
Outcome Measures: Embolic Events;   Bleeding
4 Recruiting SPARK: Safety Study of Pradaxa in Atrial Fibrillation Patients by Regulatory Requirement of Korea
Condition: Atrial Fibrillation
Intervention: Drug: Pradaxa (Dabigatran etexilate mesilate)
Outcome Measures: Occurrence of adverse events;   Incidence rate of stroke;   Incidence rate of systemic embolism
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Condition: Healthy
Interventions: Drug: Dabigatran;   Drug: Bosutinib
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9 Recruiting Pradaxa Study in Non-valvular Atrial Fibrillation Patients With Severely Impaired Renal Function
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Condition: Venous Thromboembolism
Interventions: Drug: dabigatran etexilate;   Drug: standard of care
Outcome Measures: First component of the co-primary endpoint: A combined efficacy endpoint of complete thrombus resolution plus freedom from recurrent VTE plus freedom from mortality related to VTE;   Second component of the co-primary endpoint: Freedom from major bleeding events (a safety endpoint);   Pharmacokinetic assessments (plasma concentrations of total dabigatran) 3 days after start of treatment (after at least six consecutive dabigatran doses) and after 3 days following any dabigatran dose adjustment;   Frequency of dose adjustments;   Frequency of switch of type of anti-coagulation therapy (including dabigatran to SOC) and a switch from an intended standard of care treatment to another;   Freedom from thrombus progression at baseline and at days 21 and 84 after randomisation;   Assessment of the acceptability of an age-appropriate formulation at end of therapy;   Freedom from recurrence of VTE at 6, 9 and 12 months;   Freedom from occurrence of post-thrombotic syndrome at 6, 9 and 12 months;   All bleeding events;   All-cause mortality;   All components of the primary efficacy endpoints;   Pharmacodynamic assessments (aPTT, ecarin clotting time (ECT) and dTT) 3 days after start of treatment (after at least six consecutive dabigatran doses) and after 3 days following any dabigatran dose adjustment;   Frequency of temporary discontinuation from therapy;   Frequency of permanent discontinuation from therapy;   Number of laboratory monitoring requirements for dose adjustment during the treatment phase
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Condition: Venous Thromboembolism
Intervention: Drug: dabigatran etexilate
Outcome Measures: Ecarin clotting time (ECT);   Factor IIa inhibition;   Incidence of all bleeding events;   Incidence of all adverse events;   Plasma concentrations of total dabigatran;   Plasma concentrations of free dabigatran;   Plasma concentrations of BIBR 1048 BS (Base);   Plasma concentrations of BIBR 951 BS;   Plasma concentrations of BIBR 1087 SE (Acid);   Activated prothrombin time (aPTT);   Global assessment of tolerability will be summarized across all patients in the treated set;   Patient assessment of taste will be summarized across all patients in the treated set;   Changes in laboratory and clinical parameters
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Outcome Measures: Number of microbleeds on MRI;   Major bleeding
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Condition: Atrial Fibrillation
Interventions: Drug: Warfarin;   Drug: Dabigatran
Outcome Measures: Cognitive impairment;   Number of Participants with less important alteration in coagulation test as a Measure of Safety
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Condition: Hemorrhage
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Outcome Measures: Reversal of anticoagulant effect of dabigatran;   Reversal of Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time (aPTT);   Reversal of Thrombin Time (TT);   Duration of reversal;   Occurrence of major bleeding post-surgery (for Group B only);   Time to cessation of bleeding (for Group A only);   Minimum unbound sum (free) dabigatran;   Reversal of diluted Thrombin Time (dTT) or Ecarin Clotting Time (ECT) after the first infusion and before the start of the second
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Condition: Healthy Volunteers
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Outcome Measures: AUC of plasma concentrations of the drugs;   PKD of the drugs
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Conditions: Arthroplasty, Replacement;   Thromboembolism
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Outcome Measures: Safety: Major bleeding events. Efficacy: composite of all death and documented symptomatic VTE (i.e documented symptomatic DVT and documented symptomatic nonfatal pulmonary embolism).;   Major extra surgical site bleedings,volume of wound drainage, documented symptomatic proximal DVT, documented symptomatic distal DVT, documented symptomatic nonfatal pulmonary embolism and all-cause mortality