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What You Can Expect if Your Doctor Suspects Pulmonary Embolism
If you suspect you are experiencing a pulmonary embolism, you will want to call 911 immediately. Most of the time pulmonary embolism is diagnosed in an emergency room and treated as a medical emergency. However, there are occasions in which a pulmonary embolism is in the process of developing and a doctor spots it before it becomes a serious emergency.
If you visit your doctor with concerns about pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis, which is a precursor to pulmonary embolism, you will want to describe your symptoms in specific detail, talk about your recent and life-long medical history, share your family medical history, and provide information about medications you are currently taking. It is also important to let your doctor know if you have recently been on a long plane right or road trip.
Your doctor is likely to order tests to determine what is causing your symptoms. In the case of an emergency, testing may be done in conjunction with treatment. Once you have been evaluated by your doctor, be sure to ask what he or she thinks is the cause of your symptoms, whether he or she thinks surgery will be necessary, what treatment options are available, and what you can do at home to prevent problems from worsening or recurring. You may also need to make some adjustments in your life, including the reschedule of travel.
There is a variety of tests your doctor may order to determine if pulmonary embolism is occurring. It can be a difficult condition to diagnose, especially if a person has a heightened risk for heart or lung disease. The testing process will probably begin with a chest x-ray. This does not show pulmonary embolism, but it helps your doctor rule out other causes of your symptoms.
Next, a lung scan may be ordered. This test uses radioactive material to study the ventilation and perfusion in your lungs. The test shows whether or not you have normal blood flow to your lungs. CT scans can also be an effective tool for diagnosing pulmonary embolism. Advanced CT scans provide a 3D image of your body, so your doctor is easily able to detect abnormalities. An ultrasound and an MRI may also be ordered when a patient presents with symptoms of pulmonary embolism.
In addition to these common tests, specific tests related to pulmonary health may also be requested. These include a pulmonary angiogram, which inserts a tube into one of the large veins in your body to measure the pressure in your heart and provide photos of your arteries. The D-dimer blood test is used to detect a protein that forms in your blood when a clot breaks down in your body. This test indicates the presence of a clot, but does not differentiate between dangerous clots and those that form as a healthy response to injury.
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