Navigation Links
Take Steps to Prevent Pulmonary Embolisms
Date:5/30/2011

SUNDAY, May 29 (HealthDay News) -- In the wake of tennis star Serena Williams' potentially fatal pulmonary embolism after surgery this spring, the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons has a reminder: it's sometimes possible to prevent the condition.

Pulmonary embolisms are caused when blood clots travel to the lungs, often from the leg where a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) develops.

Women are at higher risk than men, as are overweight people, smokers and those who take birth control pills.

"Surgery is also one of the leading causes of blood clots in patients, which means those at highest risk need to be diligent in speaking to their surgeon about their elevated risks so preventive measures can be taken," podiatrist Dr. Peter Blume, of Yale School of Medicine, said in a news release.

Anti-clotting medication can prevent blood clots in the leg in some cases. Doctors can also use an implantable device called an inferior vena cava filter to prevent the clot from traveling to the lungs, Blume said.

Exercise is another preventive treatment: Get up and move around after surgery, even if you're wearing a cast or using crutches.

Some people suffer from blood clots in the leg while flying. "The biggest recommendation you see in the airline magazines when you're flying is to move your legs to prevent DVT, because people who sit on a long flight have a high incidence of DVT," Blume said. "Similarly, if you're sitting after surgery and the blood is not moving in the calf and you're not exercising, you could end up with a clot in your calf. Surgeons have learned over the years that getting people moving after surgery will reduce the risk of a clot causing a pulmonary embolism."

Symptoms of pulmonary embolism are similar to those of heart attack, including sudden and unexplained shortness of breath, chest pain and a cough that produces blood-tinged mucus. "Other symptoms may include wheezing, leg swelling, excessive sweating, rapid heartbeat and fainting," Blume said. "Pulmonary embolisms can occur quickly, and prompt medical attention is vital for recovery, so patients need to seek care if they are suffering from any of the symptoms associated with the condition."

More information

For more on pulmonary embolism, try the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

-- Randy Dotinga

SOURCE: American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, news release, May 23, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Paraplegic man stands, steps with assistance and moves his legs voluntarily
2. Five Steps to a Healthier Heart
3. Early Steps Toward an Alzheimers Blood Test
4. Take Steps to Avoid Winters Indoor Allergies
5. A few steps could lead to big gains for hospitalized seniors
6. Stores Urged to Take Steps to Avoid Black Friday Frenzy
7. Urgent steps needed to tackle inadequate support for women with secondary breast cancer
8. Five Essential Steps to Choosing Toning Footwear
9. Khannna Institute to offer Crystalens in Quarter Diopter Steps
10. More Steps a Day Lead to Better Health
11. Attain Fertility Offers 3 Steps to Protect Emotional Well-being While Trying to Get Pregnant
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Take Steps to Prevent Pulmonary Embolisms 
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... June 19, 2016 is World Sickle Cell Observance Day. In an effort to ... treatments, Serenity Recovery Center of Marne, Michigan, has issued a pain management ... (SCD) is a disorder of the red blood cells, which can cause episodes of ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, ... Elite. The attorneys chosen by their peers for this recognition are considered among the ... Traurig Shareholders received special honors as members of this year’s Legal Elite Hall of ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Rhinebeck, NY (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Topical BioMedics, Inc, makers of ... of companies that call for a minimum wage raise to $12 an hour by 2020 ... wage. This will restore the lost value of the minimum wage, assure the wage floor ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... New York, NY (PRWEB) , ... June 24, ... ... lifestyle publication Haute Living, is proud to recognize Dr. Barry M. Weintraub as ... believes that “the most beautiful women in the world, and the most handsome ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... National recruitment firm Slone ... executive with extensive sequencing and genomics experience, as Vice President of North American Capital ... will be responsible for leading the sales team in the commercialization of the HTG ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... , Belgium , June ... MKT: VNRX), today announced the appointment of Dr. ... of Directors as a Non-Executive Director, effective June ... Company,s Audit, Compensation and Nominations and Governance Committees.  ... Dr. Futcher will provide independent expertise and strategic ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- Any dentist who has made an implant supported denture ... of them do not even offer this as a viable ... costs involved. And those who ARE able to offer that ... cost that the majority of today,s patients would not be ... , founder of Dental Evolutions Inc. and inventor of Implanova ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the ... to 2022" report to their offering. ... financial data derived from varied research sources to present unique ... on the market during the next five years, including a ... markets, regional and country level analysis. The report provides a ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: